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    Can an Unhosted Oscars Avoid a Razzie?

    After a record ratings flop in 2018, efforts to reinvigorate Hollywood’s biggest-name ceremony started almost immediately, only to be thwarted by missteps. A lighthearted host choice in Kevin Hart proved a PR disaster, while one idea for shortening the show nearly forfeited Lady Gaga’s blockbuster vocal stylings.

    Can the show go on? The ceremony is going hostless, which didn’t help in 1989, but Disney’s ABC, which is stuck with Oscar through 2028, is hoping the headlines will attract more viewers on Sunday — perhaps ones expecting an epic train wreck.

    Read OZY’s Special Briefing on the Academy Awards’ renewal efforts.

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