The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to save the Oscars® telecast and calling upon Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for help. The Academy, which does not have a host for this year’s ceremony, is reportedly trying to secure appearances by several Avengers to fill in.
Kevin Hart was originally hired to host the Oscars®, but resigned soon after amid controversy after homophobic tweets from his past resurfaced. Since then, the Academy has been working tirelessly to find a new host and even tried to get Hart back, but to no avail.
Now, the Oscars® are likely to carry on without a single host. There will instead be several stars brought in to introduce various segments. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Academy is setting up appearances by several actors from The Avengers and other Marvel Studios franchises.
The Oscars® telecast has struggled with ratings in recent years, even with a host in place. It’s easy enough to understand why the Academy is looking for a major infusion of star power to cover up for this year’s lack of a celebrity host.
Marvel is the obvious choice for the Academy for a number of reasons. First, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most popular franchise in the world right now. People might actually watch the Oscars® just see Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and others having fun on stage.
Second, Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, which owns ABC, the network on which the Oscars® air. The Academy has all the help it needs to try and get as many MCU actors to participate in the ceremony as possible.
This year’s Oscars® could be a very big night for Marvel. Black Panther is favored to be nominated in several categories, including Best Picture. Avengers: Infinity War will be nominated in the visual effects category. Marvel Studios could be picking up several Oscars® that night, or at least one, which would be the studio’s very first.
Stan Lee will likely be featured in the “In Memoriam” segment on a night where so many of his co-creations are being celebrated. It will just feel right for Marvel actors to appear throughout the show to entertain the audience at home while honoring Stan “The Man.” Even though it’s not a Marvel Studios film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse being nominated for and potentially winning Best Animated feature can be part of the celebratory vibe for Marvel and Stan.
From Marvel Studios’ perspective, this prospect is incredibly appealing. In addition to the celebration of all that Marvel has accomplished, this is a great opportunity to promote Marvel’s near future. In effect, the Oscars® will be a three-hour ad for Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.
That is enough incentive for Marvel Studios to set aside the point that outside of visual effects, the Academy has largely ignored the studio’s output and is only reaching out now because of desperation. Obviously, the actors will make up their own minds as to whether or not they participate, but if Marvel is on board, its stars will likely sign on.
SOUCE: The Hollywood Reporter