Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 13: Kevin Hart attends the WSJ Tech D.Live at Montage Laguna Beach on November 13, 2018 in Laguna Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ. Magazine)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the actor-comedian.
   Hart announced his selection in an Instagram statement and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up with a tweet that welcomed him "to the family." 
   The announcement came hours after trade publication The Hollywood Reporter posted a story calling the Oscars host position "the least wanted job in Hollywood."
   Hart clearly doesn't feel that way, writing on Instagram that it has been on his list of dreams jobs for years.
   The 39-year-old has become a bankable star with films such as "Ride Along," "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Night School."
   The Oscars experienced an all-time ratings low last year and has announced numerous changes for the Feb. 24 ceremony.