Kevin Hart to host 91st Academy Awards

Stepping into what is often considered one of the most difficult – and at times thankless – gigs in Hollywood, Kevin Hart is set to host the 91st annual Academy Awards.

The stand-up comedian and actor made the announcement himself on Instagram on Tuesday, promising, "I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one."

"For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same," Hart wrote. "I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it's suppose[d] to."

In tapping Hart, who has starred in box office hits like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Central Intelligence and who boasts a massive social media following and large base of young fans, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hoping to stem a steady decline in ratings for the telecast. In each of the past two years, under host Jimmy Kimmel, the ratings dipped, with March's show reaching a record-low audience of 26.5 million viewers.