The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards. It will be the comedian’s second time taking on the hosting duties, after headlining the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.
The comedian and actor was born in South Carolina and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The stand-up comedian received his big screen debut in 1987 in Beverly Hills Cop II and went on to spend three years as part of the cast of Saturday Night Live from 1990-1993. Since then, he has written, acted in, produced, and directed a long list of TV shows and movies including some memorable moments in Lethal Weapon 4, Dogma, the animated Madagascar series, Grown Ups, and more.
The Academy is excited to have Chris Rock hosting the Oscars again this year.
“We share David and Reggie’s 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 year’s show.”
“Chris may be best known as a stand-up comic, but we think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways. He is unafraid in his artistry,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars.”
Chris Rock has won four Emmy® Awards, and has also earned three Grammy® Awards for his comedy albums. The comedian and actor is glad to be back hosting as well.
“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”
The 88th Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 28, 2016.Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences