Chris Rock to host the Academy Awards

Comedian will MC the event for the second time

Chris Rock has been confirmed as the host of next year’s Academy Awards.

Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced the news earlier today, calling Rock “the MVP of the entertainment industry”.

“Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all,” said Hill and Hudlin, as reported by Variety. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”


“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” added Rock, who previously fronted the telecast in 2005. “It’s great to be back.”

Actor Neil Patrick Harris served as MC last year, drawing the show’s lowest ratings in six years. Other recent hosts have included Jon Stewart (2006 and 2008), Ellen DeGeneres (2007 and 2014), Hugh Jackman (2009), Billy Crystal (2012), Seth MacFarlane (2013), and the pairings of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (2010) and James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011).

The 2016 Oscars is due to take place on February 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.