In What Could Be Straight Outta Compton’s Night, Chris Rock Will Host The Oscars
In a year that may see Straight Outta Compton get Academy Award consideration, the creator and star of CB4 will play a major role in the ceremony. Rock, who spoofed N.W.A. and all of Hip-Hop in his 1993 film, has signed on to host the Oscars (the 88th Academy Awards) for the second time in his extensive career.
The Brooklyn, New York native (and avid N.W.A. fan) confirmed the role via Twitter. In 2005, Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards. That year, Million Dollar Baby took home “Best Picture” honors.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) October 21, 2015
In the years since Rock hosted, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Martin, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, and Billy Crystal have been among MCs. Last year, Neil Patrick Harris held the honors.
Nominees will be announced on January 16, 2016. David Hill (National Geographic Channel) and the Oscar-nominated Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) are among this coming Oscars’ producers.