The Academy Announces First Slate Presenters And Performers For The Oscars

Charlize Theron is among the actors who will present the Oscar winners and nominees. Photo: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.LOS ANGELES. The two Oscars® producers: David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, announced the first slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, reports

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The presenters and performers, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are: 

 Benicio Del Toro
 Tina Fey
 Whoopi Goldberg
 Ryan Gosling
 Kevin Hart
 Lady Gaga
 Sam Smith
 Charlize Theron
 Jacob Tremblay
 The Weeknd
 Pharrell Williams

„Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” said Hill and Hudlin. „Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”

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Chris Rock returns to host The Oscars®. Photo: Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S.Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars® for a second time. The Actor previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” (premiere - October 2015). In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature Top Five,” and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of Good Hair.”

Chris Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. His feature acting credits include I Think I Love My Wife,” which he also wrote and directed, Head of State” (writer, producer and director), Death at a Funeral” (also producer), and the first three films in the blockbuster Madagascar series, as the voice of Marty. His other acting credits include The Longest Yard,” Nurse Betty,” 2 Days in New York” and Lethal Weapon 4.” In 2011 Rock made his Broadway debut starring in The Motherfucker with the Hat,” which was nominated for six Tony Awards®, including Best Play. In television, Rock created, executive produced and narrated the series Everybody Hates Chris,” which ran from 2005 to 2009 and was inspired by Rock’s childhood. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993.

Known internationally for his groundbreaking stand-up comedy, Rock has won four Emmy® Awards for his comedy series and specials, including Chris Rock - Kill the Messenger,” The Chris Rock Show” and Chris Rock: Bring the Pain,” and has achieved record audience numbers around the world. He also has earned three Grammy® Awards for his comedy albums Never Scared, Bigger and Blacker and Roll with the New.

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