Chris Rock brings diversity issue front and center at Oscars

(AP) – With deft timing and an impactful blend of humor and searing commentary, host Chris Rock took the bull by the horns at the Oscars, attacking the diversity crisis roiling the industry and not letting go all night long. Rock didn’t merely acknowledge the elephant in the room. From his first words to his […]

Even before controversy, Blacks cool to Oscars telecast

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Black audience for the Academy Awards over the last dozen years came in 2005, when Chris Rock was host and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top male acting awards. Rock will be back as host this year, but it’s an open question how many Black viewers will […]

Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year’s ceremony, the academy’s president said it was time for major changes — and soon. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President […]

Chris Rock to host ABC’s Oscar broadcast next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Rock is coming back to host the Oscars for a second time. The show’s producers say the prolific comedian-filmmaker will be at the helm for the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock “the MVP of […]