Chris Rock’s Academy Awards monologue is the most talked about today, probably as much as the Academy’s ‘lack of diversity’ issue itself. The world listened as the star took to the stage to host the 88th Academy Awards. He certainly did not disappoint. While immediately tackling the ‘#OscarsSoWhite’ subject, the comedian quipped, made remarks, took jibes at and even joked through his now-famous Oscars monologue.
ANN presents eight funny and mean moments from his famous address.
White nominations: Yahoo reveals that the outspoken star opened up with “I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards. If they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. You’d all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now!”
Boycotting the Oscar ceremony: Chris Rock took a jibe at Jada Pinkett Smith in course of his monologue. Pinkett Smith was in the news when she decided to boycott the Awards ceremony. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited,” Cinema Blend reports the host as saying.
The $20 million jibe: He did not spare Will Smith either. He reminded everyone that the “Men in Black” actor was “mad” for not receiving a nomination. According to Cinema Blend, Rock spoke about his movie, the “Wild Wild West,” while taking a dig at the star. “Will Smith is complaining because he didn’t get nominated for ‘Concussion’ … If he wants it all about merit, can we complain about the $20 million he got for the ‘Wild Wild West’,” he said.
Quitting the Oscars job: He spoke about how he was asked to decline and boycott the awards because of the diversity and racism issues. Entertainment Weekly notes that he had actually given a thought to quitting. “No black nominees. People are like, ‘Chris you should boycott, Chris you should quit.’ How come it’s only unemployed people that tell you to quit something? … I thought about quitting. I thought about it really hard,” he said according to Entertainment Weekly. “But I realized they’re gonna have the Oscars anyway. They’re not gonna cancel the Oscars because I quit. And the last thing I need is to to lose another job to Kevin Hart, okay?” he added.
The “What are you wearing?” issue: The #AskHerMore campaign encourages people to call out sexist reporting. Many leading Hollywood actresses are champions of the cause that recommends refocusing on women’s achievements. According to the Irish Examiner, Rock took a dig at the movement and said, “Another big thing tonight is you’re not allowed to ask women what they’re wearing any more … Well, not everything is sexism, not everything is racism. They ask the men more because the men are all wearing the same outfits. Every guy in there is wearing the exact same thing. If George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on and a swan coming out his ass, someone would go, ‘What you wearing, George?’”
Diversity issue: Entertainment Weekly reports that Rock has got the heat from some of his fans on this one. Entertainment Weekly reports that at one point he said, “Why are we protesting this Oscars? It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this ‘no black nominees’ thing happened at least 71 other times. You got to figure that it happened in the ’50s, in the ’60s. One of those years, Sidney [Poitier] didn’t put out a movie.”
“I’m sure there were no black nominees some of those years, say ‘62 or ‘63. Black people did not protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematography. When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short,” he added.
The montage: “Man, I counted at least 15 black people in that montage.”
In Memoriam Package: “This year, things are going to be a little different. This year, in the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies … yes I said it!”