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Comedian Kevin Hart just confirmed on Instagram that he's hosting the next Academy Awards.

He posted, "I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away.... I will be sure to make this year's Oscars a special one."

It's pretty late in the game to announce a host, for the awards, which will be held on ABC on February 24.

Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the last two ceremonies, declined to come back for a third go-round.

Hart hasn't made it a secret that he wanted the gig, telling Variety, "It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career. It would be great to say I had that moment."

So, odds on him taking the stage as Black Panther? Or Black Panther's shorter cousin?

Hart has presented at the Oscars before. Three years ago, he told ET that he'd be back as the show's emcee one day.



His film "Night School" with Tiffany Haddish opened at number one at the box office when it debuted and marked the biggest comedy opening weekend of 2018.

So the Academy is clearly hoping all his fans will tune in to the show, which often struggles for ratings.

[Via Variety]