Chris Rock to Host Academy Awards

Oct 14, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Chris Rock has been named to host the 77th Annual Academy Awards, which take place Feb. 27, 2005, and will be broadcast in the United States on ABC.

Best known for his stand-up comedy, Mr. Rock, 39, has appeared in a number of films, including “Head of State,” “Bad Company,” “Dogma” and “Lethal Weapon 4.” He is also in the upcoming remake of “The Longest Yard.”

On TV, Mr. Rock has headlined comedy specials for HBO, hosted the MTV Movie Awards and was a regular on “Saturday Night Live.” He was named earlier this year as the funniest man in America by the magazine Entertainment Weekly.

“I am a huge fan of Chris Rock,” said Gil Cates, who is once again producing the Oscars. “He always makes me laugh and he always has something interesting to say. Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific.”

In past interviews, Mr. Rock said he twice turned down the opportunity to host the Oscars because he felt he was too young. At that time he said he was better suited to host the MTV Video Music Awards, which he last hosted in 2003.