The Oscars will be broadcast without a host, ABC finally confirmed on Tuesday. ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said that “the cloud of uncertainty” that has hovered over the ceremony has actually been good for the show because it’s kept it in the public conversation.
Burke also stressed that a top priority was to hold the ceremony to a “brisk” three hours. In the past, the Academy Awards have often run more than 3 and a half hours. Burke did note that all the Oscar-nominated songs will be performed, and the Academy has already tweeted that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will sing “Shallow,” the nominee from “A Star is Born.”