Chris Rock to Host 88th Academy Awards


Chris Rock will be hosting the Oscars for the second time.

The comedian, actor, writer and director has been hired to host the 88th Academy Awards, set to broadcast in the U.S. on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Rock previously took on the high-profile gig back in 2005 for the 77th Oscars.

“We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement.

“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,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in her statement.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars.”

Every year Oscar hosts put themselves out there for criticism, and with good reason – the ceremony is broadcast to around 225 countries and territories worldwide. While, generally speaking, Rock’s first turn wasn’t considered an all-out win, there’s a strong possibility new producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill will give him a bit more moving room to bring his signature spark.