Chris Rock to Be Host of Academy Awards
(Sorry lizchris. Ha!)
LOS ANGELES - The golden Oscars (news - web sites) will be fused with Rock this time around, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (news - web sites) announced Chris Rock as the host of the 77th Academy Awards (news - web sites) telecast.
Rock, 39, who has acted in the films "Head of State" and "Dogma" and was a "Saturday Night Live" regular but is best known for his standup comedy specials "Bigger & Blacker," "Bring the Pain" and "Never Scared."
Rock has previously hosted the MTV's Movie Awards but this will be his first stint as Oscar host.
"I am a huge fan of Chris Rock," said Gil Cates, the producer of the Oscars telecast. "He always makes me laugh and he always has something interesting to say. Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific. I can't wait."
Rock, a Brooklyn native, made his screen debut with a bit part in "Beverly Hills Cop II" but made his breakthrough on "Saturday Night Live" but his comedy routines, which tweak the racial sensitivities of blacks and whites established him as a star.
He has won three Emmy Awards for his TV programs and two Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Rock currently is shooting a remake of "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler and recently provided the voice of the zebra in the animated feature "Madagascar," both to be released in May 2005. His other film credits include "Head of State," "Bad Company," "Down to Earth," and "Nurse Betty."
The 77th Academy Awards telecast is set for Feb. 27.