A Look Back At All The Black Entertainers Who Have Hosted The Oscars

There's much work to be done in diversifying the hosting space for major award shows, but those who paved the way are definitely something to celebrate.
Rachaell Davis Dec, 05, 2018

In case you haven’t heard the exciting news, Kevin Hart has officially been tapped to host the 91st Annual Academy Awards in 2019.

From starring in several blockbuster films and film franchises, to headlining his sold-out standup tours, to growing his social media following to over 120 million combined, Hart has solidified his status as a Hollywood superstar over the past six years. While there’s certainly much work to be done in diversifying the hosting space for major award shows (only five Black entertainers have hosted in the Academy’s 91-year history), Hart and others who have paved the way for him are definitely something to celebrate.

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As we prepare to watch Kevin Hart do what he does best on Hollywood’s biggest night, here’s a look back at all the other iconic Black entertainers who have landed the coveted hosting gig over the years.

Who was your favorite so far?