Well, the 2016 Awards Season just got more interesting. Nearly two months after they were hired to engineer this years Academy Awards, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have found their host: Chris Rock.
Rock previously hosted the ceremony in 2005, and as with so many things he does, the gig was not without controversy, thanks in particular to a dig he made at Jude Law (remember the good old days of 2005, when that guy was in every movie?), but that doesn’t make him any less of an exciting choice. He was rumored to be up for the job last year, and apparently would have taken it had he actually been given an offer. After rumors that he’d host in 2016 surfaced online this week, the Academy confirmed that this time it’s for real.
“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” Rock said in a statement. “It’s great to be back.”
Rock’s not only one of the best and most famous stand-ups on the planet; he’s also an accomplished filmmaker thanks to work like I Think I Love My Wife and last year’s acclaimed Top Five. He’s also one of the Academy’s more daring hosting choices, and his 2016 run will follow a string of relatively safe hosts that came after the James Franco/Anne Hathaway debacle of 2011 (for a minute there, we almost got Eddie Murphy in 2012, but wound up with Billy Crystal instead). Rock won’t be completely unrestrained, I’m sure, but there will definitely be some moments that will make everyone in your living room sit up and take notice, because that’s just the way Chris Rock works.