Written by Gary Miller
After an eleven year absence, Chris Rock is returning to host the Oscars. The directors of the 2016 Academy Awards Reginald Hudlin and David Hill announced it officially and Chris Rock cemented it on his twitter account. The last time Chris Rock hosted in 2005 ratings drew in 42.2 million. The hosting of the Academy Awards is seen as one of the toughest entertainment gigs to land as it has been prone to criticism in years past. Chris Rock is no stranger to this as his joke about Jude Law drew criticism,
“Who is Jude Law? Why is he in every movie I have seen in the last four years? Even if he’s not acting in it, if you look at the credits he makes the cupcakes or something. You want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law? Wait.”
Chris Rock’s joke about Jude Law drew criticism from Sean Penn during an awards presentation later during the evening, “Forgive my lack of humor, Jude Law is one of our most talented actors.”
Another example of Oscar host criticism was directed at Seth Mcfarlane for his “We’ve seen your boobs,” bit that many in the audience found misogynistic. Chris Rock is no stranger to danger and will probably toe the line, poking fun at the industry, and Hollywood.
Rock is known for his biting sense of humor and his ability to be self-aware. He is a fit that both casual and diehard fans of his stand up will enjoy.
Besides hosting the Oscars, to be held on Feb. 26, Chris Rock has had a steady year. He recently directed Amy Schumer’s “Live At The Apollo” special and directed in and starred in “Top Five”.
Chris Rock’s hosting job comes after a year in which the Academy was heavily criticized for its lack of diversity in awards nominations. Whether that changes is up for grabs but as of this date, Idris Elba remains a front runner for an award nomination based upon his performance in “Beast of No Nation”.
Good news for Mr. Elba, When Mr. Rock last hosted Jamie Foxx won for “Ray” and Morgan Freeman won for “Million Dollar Baby”.