Mic drop! Chris Rock didn’t waste any time in bringing the funny – and the controversy – to the Academy Awards. But Chris’s hilarious opening monologue of the Feb. 28 event turned serious when he slammed ‘racist’ Hollywood, while trashing Jada Pinkett Smith’s hypocritical Oscar boycott!
Give it up for Chris Rock! The 51-year-old comedian made sure that everyone will be talking about the 88th Academy Awards, opening up the show by bringing up the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. While cracking jokes, Chris took shots at Hollywood’s racism, Kevin Hart, 36, and Jada Pinkett Smith, 44!
“Welcome to the Academy Awards, also known as White People’s Choice awards,” Chris said, kicking off the Feb. 28 awards show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. From there, Chris tore into the lack of people of color not getting any major award nominations. When asked why he didn’t quit the Oscars over #OscarsSoWhite, Chris said, “the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.” Hilarious!
He also took shots at Will Smith, 47, and Jada Pinkett Smith for boycotting the event. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties,” Chris said, before pointing out — “You weren’t invited!” Damn, Chris. That’s cold! But the best was yet to come.
“Is Hollywood Racist?” Chris asked. “It’s a different type of racist.” Chris pointed out that Tinsel town is “sorority racist,” in that the town is like a sorority sister that will smile while saying, “We like you, Brenda, but you’re not a Kappa.” Ultimately, Chris said the anger and outrage over the nomination controversy is that he and every other minority “just want opportunities.” Right on! Though, Kevin had a chance to offer his own thoughts on #OscarSoWhite and he took it in a surprising direction!
Chris was picked to host this year’s ceremony long before the #OscarsSoWhite controversy happened. Fans were furious that no actors of color were nominated for the second year in a row, and some demanded Chris step down in protest. Despite Spike Lee and Jada vowing not to attend or even watch the awards show, Chris decided to remain.
That didn’t mean he wasn’t feeling the pressure. Chris was feeling “nervous as hell” leading up to the show, and he wanted to “do the right thing.” That included working hard on his opening monologue. Chris had “many plans to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com.
Will this opening crack the Top 5 actor’s list of Top Five award show hosting moments? Chris’s legendary opening at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards took shots at institutionalized racism before Twitter and #OscarsSoWhite even existed. Plus, don’t forget that Chris killed it when he hosted the 2005 Academy awards. “We have four black nominees tonight, so it’s a great night,” he joked. “It’s kind of like the Def Oscar Jam here tonight.” Oh snap!
What did you think of Chris’s opening monologue, HollywoodLifers?