Update: This has now been confirmed with an official announcement.
The Oscar ratings dropped an alarming 16% this year with Neil Patrick Harris hosting, reaching their lowest point in six years. As you would expect, the Academy is looking to make some changes next year and after a couple of very safe hosts they apparently want someone a bit edgier for 2016. We are hearing that Chris Rock is being courted to return to the stage after presiding over the ceremony exactly one decade ago, back when Million Dollar Baby took home Best Picture and Clint Eastwood won Best Director. At the time, Rock earned decent reviews but also sparked controversy with his industry jabs and political remarks. However, it does seem that now might be the right time for Rock’s return… assuming they let him do it his way, that is.
According to Variety, Chris Rock is in serious talks to host the 2016 Academy Awards. No official announcement has been made yet, but Rock does seem to be exactly what the Oscars need right now, especially with all the recent discussion about the lack of diversity in Hollywood. David Hill and Reginald Hudlin are producing this year’s telecast, the latter of which directed the pilot of Rock’s TV series Everybody Hates Chris.
There has also been talk of bringing back a duo, which worked well for Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin but not so well for James Franco and Anne Hathaway. In an interview with EW last month, Hill said “there will be multiple hosts for sure.” If that is the case, it will be interesting to see who they pair up with Rock. Do you think Chris Rock is a good choice to host next year’s Oscars?