All eyes were set on the opening speech of Chris Rock as he presented the Oscar Awards 2016. Rock is believed to be one of the most outspoken comedians. Speculations were rife regarding his speech as he was supposed to take on the racism controversy directly in his opening speech, which he did, and in style too!
He spoke about how black people did not protest earlier against the racism because “they were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won Best Cinematographer.” He even gave a few other one-liners like why he didn’t boycott the Oscars on principle: “The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart!”
The Oscar Awards this year is full of speculation. First, there was the racism controversy regarding the nominations of the candidates.In the light of this, there were protests and showdowns within the film community. According to the USA Today, a twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was also created in connection with this.
“I think Chris Rock will address it head on, which is exactly what the show and the Academy needs, “quoted Editor Tim Gray as stated by Reuters.
Twitter was rife with viewers applauding Rock’s monologue.
Chris Rock killin’ it so far. 👏👏 #Oscars
— Nerdist (@nerdist) February 29, 2016
Another viewer had this to say regarding his speech.
I love Chris Rock right now. Taking shots at everyone from all backgrounds. If this monologue was an hour special I’d buy it. #Oscars
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) February 29, 2016
This came after the Academy had earlier defended the Oscar nominations, as stated by the Hollywood Reporter. “I voted for a number of black performers, and I was sorry they weren’t nominated, but to imply that this is because all of us are racists is extremely offensive. I don’t want to be lumped into a category of being a racist because I’m certainly not and because I support and benefit from the talent of black people in this business. It was just an incredibly competitive year, “said member Penelope Ann Miller.