With the dawn of a new year, publicity is ramping up in earnest for the 2016 Academy Awards.
Chris Rock, 50, is returning to host Hollywood’s biggest night of the year and released his first promo encouraging audiences to tune into ABC on February 28.
‘Much like New Year’s Eve, it will be a night that ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year,’ the tuxedo-wearing comedian deadpans in the short video released on December 31.
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Oscars are coming: Chris Rock wears a tuxedo in a short 15-second video clip promoting the 2016 Academy Awards on ABC on Sunday February 28
First promo: The comedian, 50, ends the promo released on December 31 with a party blower
He compared Hollywood’s biggest night to New Year’s Eve, because it ‘ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year.’
He then proceeds to blow a party blower for good effect.
And Chris is clearly ready to get the party started.
A few days ago, he poked fun at the controversy surrounding the bear ‘rape’ scene in Leonardo Di Caprio’s Oscar hopeful The Revenant.
He tweeted an image of the scene showing the bear and Leo and beneath it added a picture of a bear holding up an Oscar statuette.
Ready to poke fun: Chris tweeted this montage a few days ago joking about the now infamous bear versus Leonardo Di Caprio scene in the actor’s awards season contender The Revenant
Working hard: The comic also tweeted a photo of himself with his team of writers in mid-December
And on December 15 he tweeted a photo of himself, wearing a tux, meeting with his writers for the show.
Chris previously hosted the Oscars back in 2005 and takes over from Neil Patrick Harris who mc’d last year’s show which drew the lowest ratings in six years.
The 2016 telecast is being produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin and their goal, they told Variety, is to give the annual event a fresh feel.
‘The challenge is to make it entertaining so it doesn’t seem like a lesson, so the audience cares for people when they get onstage,’ said Hill.
Fresh look: Chris hosted the Academy Awards telecast in 2005 and is returning after last year’s show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, saw audience ratings slide to a six-year low