He’s back! On Feb. 28, Chris Rock will return as host of the 88th annual Academy Awards, and you can bet it’s going to be anything but boring. In honor of his grand return, we’re taking a look back at five of his all-time greatest award show moments — from his legendary VMAs opener to his first Oscars gig. See them here!
It’s almost that time! On February 28, Chris Rock will return to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to host the 88th annual Academy Awards, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s been more than a decade since the comedian first took to the Oscars stage to host the all-important awards ceremony, and if his past award show moments have taught us anything, it’s that there’s never a dull moment when Chris Rock is in the house. To prove it, we’ve rounded up 5 of his greatest award show moments of all time, each one proving to be funnier than the last. From the MTV Video Music Awards to his first time as an Oscars host, relive all of the laughs below!
1. His legendary opening at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards
Long before Miley Cyrus was dancing with foam fingers and gyrating on stage, Chris had jaws dropping with his edgy opening monologue at the 1999 VMAs in New York City. Dressed in an oh so ’90s white suit, the comedian took to the stage where he kicked off the night by saying that he was the “first black man in history to stand on the stage at the Metropolitan Opera without a mop.” And he didn’t stop there. In addition to joking about the upcoming millennium, he went on to crack jokes about the state of the music industry then saying, “the same thing always goes on in music. Black man does something and 15 years later a white man does the same thing. Except they make a lot more money.” Yeah, consider it a preview of what’s to come on Sunday.
2. His opening monologue at the 2014 BET Awards:
In 2014, Chris got the crowd going with yet another edgy opening monologue, this time at the annual BET Awards, or as he called it then, the black World Cup. Sticking to his usual no holds barred routine, Chris had jaws dropping when he brought up the infamous Solange Knowles and Jay Z elevator fight. “Solange his the right rapper,” he quipped. “Because Jay is a business man now, and he can’t just go punching girls in the face. He’s got a meeting with Nabisco in the morning, you know? She got Blueprint 3 Jay Z.”
3. His opening monologue at the 2005 Academy Awards:
It may have been his first time hosting the Oscars, but Chris didn’t hold back when he took to the stage to perform his opening monologue. Even then, Chris proved he wasn’t afraid to call out the Academy’s lack of diversity: “We have four black nominees tonight, so it’s a great night,” he joked within the first few minutes of the show. “It’s kind of like the Def Oscar Jam here tonight.”
4. His appearance at the 2003 Video Music Awards:
Returning to the VMAs stage, Chris had everyone from Snoop Dogg to David Spade laughing when he brought up his favorite MTV show at the time: “Making The Band” with P.Diddy. “It’s the best show on all of television because you get to see Puff Daddy get to be a mentor to all of the children,” he said. “And who better than Puff Daddy to show the kids wrong from wronger.” And how right he was.
5. When he presented the award for ‘Best Animated Picture’ at the 2012 Oscars
He may not have been hosting, but Chris had everyone laughing all the same when he took to the stage to present the award for ‘Best Animated Picture’ at the 2012 Oscars. While talking about his love for animated movies, Chris couldn’t help but poke fun at both himself and diversity a minute, saying, “What I love about animated movies is that you can be anything you want to be. If you’re a fat woman, you can be a skinny princess. If you’re a short wimpy guy, you can play a tall gladiator. If you’re a white guy, you can play an Arabian prince. And if you’re a black man, you can play a donkey or a zebra.” Expect more jokes like that come Oscars Sunday!
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