Chris Rock is in talks to host the Oscars, Variety reported Tuesday.
And with this tweet, we have confirmation:
After news first surfaced on the comedy website RobotButt on Monday and Variety confirmed the report on Tuesday, the Academy sent out the press release at 8:04 a.m. PT Wednesday that Chris Rock would be its Oscars host for the 88th Academy Awards.
Rock is returning to the Oscars stage for the second time, after a hosting the 77th Academy Awards in 2005, when "Million Dollar Baby" took home the prize for Best Picture.
Here is his opening monologue from 2005:
Statements from the Academy
“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, in the press release. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”
“I'm so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” Rock said in the release. “It's great to be back.”
“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 is a comedic powerhouse who will bring tremendous energy to the event, and we’re honored to have him,” said Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group.
From the Academy:
With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” which premiered this month on HBO. In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature “Top Five,” and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of “Good Hair.”
Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. His feature acting credits include “I Think I Love My Wife,” which he also wrote and directed, “Head of State” (writer, producer and director), “Death at a Funeral” (also producer), and the first three films in the blockbuster “Madagascar” series, as the voice of Marty. His other acting credits include “The Longest Yard,” “Nurse Betty,” “2 Days in New York” and “Lethal Weapon 4.” In 2011 Rock made his Broadway debut starring in “The Motherfucker with the Hat,” which was nominated for six Tony Awards®, including Best Play. In television, Rock created, executive produced and narrated the series “Everybody Hates Chris,” which ran from 2005 to 2009 and was inspired by Rock’s childhood. He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993.
Known internationally for his groundbreaking stand-up comedy, Rock has won four Emmy Awards for his comedy series and specials, including “Chris Rock – Kill the Messenger,” “The Chris Rock Show” and “Chris Rock: Bring the Pain,” and has achieved record audience numbers around the world. He also has earned three Grammy Awards for his comedy albums Never Scared, Bigger and Blacker and Roll with the New.
Former Oscars co-producer Craig Zadan shared his congratulations to the Academy on Twitter:
Great! Congratulations @TheAcademy our friends @reghud #CherylBooneIsaacs @dawnhudson for choosing @chrisrock to host #oscars. Craig & Neil— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) October 21, 2015
The most recent host Neil Patrick Harris said the choice was "brilliant" on Twitter:
Chris Rock is hosting the #Oscars. Brilliant choice. He'll be awesome.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 21, 2015
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.