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Kevin Hart to host Oscars 2019

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

is all set to host the ceremony.

The actor-comic took to on Tuesday to announce that he has been selected to host next year.

This will be Hart's first attempt at emceeing the annual awards night.

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

"I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time... To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced that stage is unbelievable," wrote alongside a picture of a golden statuette.

The "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" thanked the (AMPAS) for the opportunity.

"I will be sure to make this Oscars a special one," he added.

The Academy confirmed the on Twitter: "Welcome to the family, @kevinhart4real."

succeeds popular show presenter Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the last two

Kimmel gave a shout-out to the and tweeted, "Congratulations amigo - @TheAcademy made an excellent choice. You are going to kill it."

Hart has previously hosted award ceremonies like in 2011 and

2019 ceremony is scheduled to be held on February 24.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 10:30 IST