How 'Dangerous' Will Oscars Host Chris Rock Be When it Comes to All-White Acting Nominees?

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

How “dangerous” will Oscars host Chris Rock be when it comes to all-white acting nominees?

The combination of Rock hosting with a slate of all-white acting nominees means this year’s Academy Awards "looks like it could be dangerous and unpredictable for the first time in ages,” says Scott Timberg. He points out that while other awards shows — from Golden Globes to the VMAs to the Emmys — have become more diverse, "the Academy Awards feel like they’re still stuck in the segregated ‘50s. The Academy Awards is a better, smarter, more grown-up show than the VMAs and the Globes, of course. But don’t be surprised if Rock, who wrote a blistering 2014 piece on the whiteness of Hollywood, unleashes truth in his monologue.” PLUS: Larry Wilmore predicted all-white Oscars.


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