Chris Rock to Return as Oscar Host


oscarsActor-comedian Chris Rock will host The 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. This is Rock’s second time as host, having worked the 77th Oscars in 2005. The awards ceremony will be broadcast by ABC.

The 50-year-old entertainer posted a photo of himself with an Oscar statuette on Twitter Wednesday with the caption, “Look who’s back.”

Rock is the only non-white Oscar host to helm the show in the past 10 years. The film academy has visibly increased its diversity outreach efforts since it was derided earlier this year for its all-white slate of acting nominees.

Rock has won four Emmy Awards for his comedy series and specials. He recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” for HBO. In 2014, he wrote, directed and starred in the feature “Top Five,” and in 2009, he produced, wrote and starred in the documentary “Good Hair.”

Rock created and produced the TV series “Everybody Hates Chris,” which aired from 2005 to 2009. Other acting credits include the “The Longest Yard,” ”Lethal Weapon 4? and the “Madagascar” animated movies. He also appeared on Broadway in 2011.

He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993.