Organizers of the annual Academy Awards have announced that comedian and actor, Chris Rock, will be hosting the 88th Oscars scheduled to hold on Sunday, February 28, 2016. This announcement means Chris Rock will be hosting the prestigious show for the second time.
Speaking on the announcement, producers of the 88th Oscars David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said, “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry. A comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all.”
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 Motherf*cker 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.
Rock has won four Emmy Awards for his comedy series and specials and also has three Grammy Awards for his comedy albums to his name.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in 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.