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CHRIS ROCK TO HOST THE 88TH ANNUAL ACADMEY AWARDS FEB. 28 AT 7 P.M. ET/PT.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
N2Entertainment.net

Despite threats of a boycott and a protest/demonstration led by civil rights leader and MSNBC host Al Sharpton, the 88th Academy Awards will go on as planned Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The Oscars will be hosted by “Chris Rock” (pictured) on ABC at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

The star-studded show has come under fire ever since Academy voters--for the second year in a row--failed to nominate a single actor of color. That prompted the social media hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

All eyes will be on Chris Rock to see how or if he’ll address the embarrassing controversy.

Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars in 2005.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said Reginald Hudlin (producer of "Django Unchained”) who is co-producing the Oscars with David Hill (producer of “American Idol”).

“Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all,” said Hudlin. “He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

“We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.”

“Chris may be best known as a stand-up comic, but we think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways. He is unafraid in his artistry,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars.”

With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” which premiered on HBO. 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.”

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.”

N2Entertainment.net will be on the scene at a few pre and post Oscar parties and celebrations.

In the meantime take a look at whom N2Entertainment.net believes will walk away with the coveted Golden Oscar.

BEST PICTURE:

“The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers.

“Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers.

“Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers.

“The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers.

SHOULD WIN--“The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers.

“Room” Ed Guiney, Producer.

WILL WIN--“Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers.
Editor’s Note: Wouldn’t be surprised if “The Big Short” manages to pull a big upset either.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”

Matt Damon in “The Martian”

WILL WIN, BETTER WIN--Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Christian Bale in “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”

Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”

SHOULD WIN. WILL WIN--Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

Cate Blanchett in “Carol”

WILL WIN--Brie Larson in “Room”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”
Editor’s Note: Cate Blanchett could slip in, but Larson is the strongest among this group and deserves the Gold.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara in “Carol”

Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”

WILL WIN--Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”

SHOULD WIN--Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR:

“Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran.

“Boy and the World” Alê Abreu.

WILL WIN--“Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera.

SHOULD WIN--“Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak.

“When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura.

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:

“Carol” Ed Lachman

“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson

“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale

WILL WIN--“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki

“Sicario” Roger Deakins

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:

“Carol” Sandy Powell

“Cinderella” Sandy Powell

“The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado

WILL WIN--“Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan

“The Revenant” Jacqueline West

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:

“The Big Short” Adam McKay

“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller

WILL WIN--“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu

“Room” Lenny Abrahamson

“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy
Editor’s Note: It’s a toss-up between Inarritu (“The Revenant” and McCarthy’s “Spotlight”). My gut says Inarritu may pull it off.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

WILL WIN--“Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

“Cartel Land” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

“The Look of Silence” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor.
Editor’s Note: I saw “What Happened, Miss Simone?” AFTER my voting ended which was unfortunate. It’s an exceptionally good movie and so is “Amy.”

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING:

“The Big Short” Hank Corwin

WILL WIN--“Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel

SHOULD WIN“The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione

“Spotlight” Tom McArdle

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR:

“Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia

“Mustang” France

WILL WIN--“Son of Saul” Hungary

“Theeb” Jordan

“A War” Denmark

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

WILL WIN--“Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

SHOULD WIN--“The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE):

“Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman

“Carol” Carter Burwell

SHOULD WIN “The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone

“Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson

WILL WIN--“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG):

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

WILL WIN.“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Editor’s Note: Wouldn’t be upset if “Til it Happens To You” manages to slip through.

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN:

“Bridge of Spies” Production Design:
Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

“The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

SHOULD WIN. WILL WIN--“Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

“The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

“The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING:

WILL WIN--“Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White

“The Martian” Oliver Tarney

“The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

“Sicario” Alan Robert Murray

SHOULD WIN--“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING:

“Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

“The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

“The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

WILL WIN--“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson.

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS:

“Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

WILL WIN--“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams.


“The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

SHOULD WIN--“The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

WILL WIN--“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay.

“Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby

“Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

“The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard

SHOULD WIN--“Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

“Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

“Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland

“Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

WILL WIN--“Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

SHOULD WIN--“Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff.
Editor’s Note: The only Oscar nomination for “Straight Outta Compton” went to its white screenwriters. I hope this outstanding movie does win as I really want to hear their acceptance speech.

Editor’s Note: The 88th Academy Awards air Feb. 28 on ABC at 7 p.m. ET/PT.