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Chris Rock Confirmed To Host The 2016 Oscars

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After much speculation, it’s confirmed that Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards. It marks the second time the 50-year-old comedian has hosted the annual event. He previously held court in 2005 for the 77th Oscars telecast.

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

Rock follows in the recent footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2014) and Seth MacFarlane (2013). Check out below the Saturday Night Live alum’s opening monologue from his first stint as Oscar host.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” Academy Awards producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

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The Sound of Music tribute at the 87th Academy Awards was a much-needed boost of adrenaline in an otherwise boring telecast. Lady Gaga was universally praised for it. Julie Andrews raved about Mother Monster’s rendition of the iconic songs and even gave her a heartwarming hug on stage.

One person who had a massively different take on the performance was Shonda Rhimes. The prolific television producer, responsible for so many OMG moments on ABC Thursday night, slammed the performance. She typically exhibits excellent taste when it comes to selecting songs featured on her shows. Perhaps she stole one too many of Olivia Pope’s gigantic glasses of wine.

“That was not okay. I mean, Idina is there. She is right there. RIGHT THERE. And oh dear God, Julie had to hear that. #Oscars2015.” – Shonda Rhimes via Twitter

When fans disagreed with her sentiment, Rhimes replied, “I probably did miss the point. Everyone else loved it. That’s okay.”

While I love Idina Menzel, I’m glad producers chose Lady Gaga. She slayed it. Gaga’s charming performance was powerfully restrained and included just the right amount theatricality. She stole the show in my opinion. Sometimes her outrageous antics take away focus from how gifted a vocalist she truly is. Relive the most memorable moment at the 2015 Oscars below.

relive Gaga’s magic after the jump


Leave it to the Oscars’ first openly gay male host to walk out in his underwear. What homo could resist an opportunity to show off his ripped bod to billions of people, right 😉 I kid. The bit featuring the 41-year-old actor in his tighty whities actually spoofed eventual Best Picture winner Birdman.

Naturally, being the catty gays that most of us are, many wondered exactly how much padding took place. While some extra material was added, it’s not for what you think. The extra fabric wasn’t used to enhance NPH’s personal assets but rather to keep the viewing public viewing from seeing it clearly. Watch Neil explain everything on Live With Kelly And Michael below.

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Like clockwork, the ‘In Memoriam‘ segment during the Oscars telecast sparks outrage immediately after it airs. Inevitably, there’s people omitted that the viewing public feel should’ve been included. Joan Rivers was the case this year.

While the comedy legend never won an Oscar or was ever nominated for one (although some say she was robbed for Spaceballs LOL), she was an integral part to the annual extravaganza with her red carpet coverage. She immortalized the phrase, “Who are you wearing?”

Naturally, Joan’s daughter, Melissa, was “disappointed” with her mom’s omission. According to TMZ, she wasn’t happy about the snub with sources saying she was left disappointed by the decision not to include Joan.

Read the Academy’s response to the snub below, along with watching the ‘In Memoriam’ segment just in case you missed it the first time around.

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How do you try to beat the selfie that broke the Internet? I have no idea and neither does Neil Patrick Harris. Not even the woman who hosted last year’s extravaganza knows. Mind you, if Ellen DeGeneres did, I doubt she’d share it. Deep down, I’m sure she doesn’t want this year’s show to outshine hers 😉

The 41-year-old actor reveals his biggest fears about hosting the 87th Academy Awards to DeGeneres. The daytime host dishes she was extremely lucky that all the cards fell in place for that definitive moment at last year’s Oscars.

“Here’s my biggest concern,” Harris confesses to DeGeneres. “Your selfie shot [featuring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and plenty more A-listers] was the most spectacular, successful thing. It worked out so well. But it’s a horrible dark cloud above my head now. How do you try to beat the selfie that broke the Internet? I see that in my nightmares. It turned out to be a great thing … selfies in my brain, so I’m gonna try to do something better.”

That’s not the only obstacle NPH talks about preparing for Sunday night’s big event. Find out the others in the video below.

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Correctly predicting the Best Picture or acting winners won’t guarantee glory with your office Oscar pool. The big categories are usually a foregone conclusion, with the Academy rarely providing a surprising upset. The key to winning and earning bragging rights is picking the winners in the less glamorous categories. That’s where the contest is won or lost.

Over the weekend, three different groups revealed their winners, giving a clearer picture on who might win in their respective categories.

The Writers Guild of America bestowed Best Original Screenplay honors to Wes Anderson for his work on the colorful caper, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Meanwhile, Graham Moore came out on top for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was also a big winner over at the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, along with The Guardians of the Galaxy. Over at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards, Emmanuel Lubezki won once again. His latest win for Birdman follows his other trophies for The Tree of Life, Children of Men and Gravity.

Get an in depth look below at each awards show’s respective winners in the other categories.

check out all the winners for both guilds after the jump


The 87th Academy Awards is going to be jam-packed with plenty of entertainment. Lady Gaga is just the latest name joining a star-studded roster of scheduled performers for Hollywood’s big night.

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed the news via Twitter today, saying she will be involved in “a very special performance.”

“Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist who’s musical evolution keeps growing. We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” – Zadan and Meron said in a statement

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We’re less than two weeks away from Hollywood’s biggest night. Have you done all your research for your Oscar office pool?

With Neil Patrick Harris at he helm, I fully anticipate (and expect) one of the gayest ceremonies in Oscar history. If a song and dance number isn’t performed, I’ll be extremely shocked.

Though it’s his first time hosting the big event, he has four Tonys and two Emmys shows under his belt. Nerves shouldn’t be a problem.

NPH sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the big night and his favorite movies from yesteryear. Check out the full cover below and head over to to read his interview.

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