Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars

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On Wednesday, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed that Chris Rock will return to host the the 77th Academy Awards. The multiple Emmy award winner has been successful in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. “I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock, who will be host for the second time. “It’s great to be back.” 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, according to ABC Entertainment. In 2014, he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature “Top Five.

After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO.

He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth greatest stand-up comic.

The awards ceremony will air live at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 on ABC.

 

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