Chris Rock Returns to Host the 88th Academy Awards This February – Get the Scoop!

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Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscarsfor a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today. The 88th Academy Awardswill be broadcast live on OscarSunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005.

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!

I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars, said Rock. It’s great to be back.

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.

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 couldnt be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars.

“Chris Rock is a comedic powerhouse who will bring tremendous energy to the event, and were honored to have him, said Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group.

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 Rocks 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 EmmyAwards 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 GrammyAwards for his comedy albumsNever Scared,Bigger and BlackerandRoll with the New.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatreat Hollywood & Highland Centerin Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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