by Baylie Clevenger The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the opinion of Byte or Byte's editorial board. After a whirlwind of controversy involving Kevin Hart, who was originally meant to be the host of the 91st Oscars, this Sunday will officially bring us the first ceremony since 1989 with no host. Every year, the ceremony relies on a host to make the show flow from one corny joke to the next amidst the numerous awards. The last time they didn’t have a host… well… it didn’t go so well. The ceremony featured an 11-minute long musical number featuring people in unsettling faceless star costumes as well as awkward and poor acting from Eileen Bowman who did the performance dressed as Snow White with the high-pitched voice to match. She walked around the crowd singing to the audience members — who looked beyond unimpressed — in a falsetto tone that was almost painful to listen to. The whole performance seemed forced and, quite frankly, it was easy to tell they did not know what to do without a host. For a while, awards shows have been struggling with viewership. Since this is the case, they seem to be getting more and more desperate to find something that is both humorous and attention-grabbing. Without a host, there is no telling what they might come up with. The whole Snow White mess happened when people were still watching. For example, the 2018 Emmys featured a tactless segment about how progressive awards shows are nowadays and giving “reparation Emmys” to people of color to make up for the past whitewashing of awards shows. Keep in mind that this was featured during an awards show where most of the televised awards were given to white nominees. This was a desperate attempt to boost views in the name of diversity. Given that Kevin Hart was removed from his position as host because of a scandal involving homophobic tweets, is it safe to assume that we will see the same kind of skit giving reparation Oscars to gay people? Will we get another 11-minute disaster-fest like the last hostless Oscars? Will they bring Snow White back to pierce all of our eardrums with her falsetto? These are all questions that I am terrified to learn the answers to. All I can ask for is that they don’t bring back those ominous, faceless stars with legs. Whatever the Oscars bring us on Sunday, I am sure we will be disappointed… but not surprised.
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