Chris Rock started the Oscars off tonight with a BANG. Here are a few highlights.
“I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the white People’s Choice Awards.”
“In the ‘In Memoriam’ package, it’s going to be black people shot by cops on the way to the movies.”
“This is the wildest, craziest Oscars to ever host. You have all this controversy. I though about quitting, but I realized they’re gonna have the Oscars anyway. The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”
“Why this Oscars? It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole ‘no black nominee things’ has happened at least 71 other times. You have to figure it happened in the 50s, in the 60s and 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 best cinematography. When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, you’re too busy to care about winning best documentary short.”
“You need to have black categories. You already do it with men and women… Is Hollywood racist? You know, you have to go at that the right way. It’s a different type of racist. You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.’ But things are changing.”
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) February 29, 2016