Chris Rock to host 2016 Oscars


Chris Rock to host 2016 Oscars

Chris Rock is returning to host next years Oscars ceremony, its producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have announced.

The actor and comedian previously hosted the 77th annual Academy Awards in 2005, when the reception to his opening monologue and some controversial jokes was mixed.

Im so glad to be hosting the Oscars, Rock said. Its great to be back.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday 28 February, 2016.

Last years ceremony, hosted by television and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris, had the lowest Oscar ratings for six years, and were down 16% on the previous year, when Ellen DeGeneres had been at the helm.

Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry, said Hill and Hudlin. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian hes done it all. Hes going to be a phenomenal Oscar host.

We share David and Reggies excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation, said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this years show.

In 2005 the year that Clint Eastwoods Million Dollar Baby won best picture Rock received a standing ovation before uttering a word and began by ordering the assembled A-listers to sit your asses down.

But as the LA Times recalls, Rocks performance was met with a range of reactions. USA Today described him one of the worst hosts ever while critic Roger Ebert praised a home run opening monologue that was not shy of controversy.

Rocks recent film roles include I Think I Love My Wife, Head of State, Death at a Funeral and and the first three films in the blockbuster Madagascar series, as the voice of Marty.

In 2009 he wrote, produced and presented the documentary Good Hair.

On TV, he created the series Everybody Hates Chris, which ran from 2005 to 2009.

He most recently directed the TV comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, which premiered this month on HBO.


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