The Academy Awards: 88th Oscars (2016)


88th Oscars
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Critics Consensus

Returning host Chris Rock addresses the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with cutting insight and a cathartic warmth during one of the strongest Academy Awards ceremonies in years.



Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Feb 28, 2016

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 88th Oscars

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (10)

[Chris Rock's] commentary throughout the night was often hilarious and very smart (with exceptions), but one of the more subtly striking things about his performance was his apparent anxiety about how best to effect change.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The Lady Gaga performance really was a wallop, and it was fun as hell to watch the Mad Max Oscar parade as it's happening.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a discussion worth having, and Rock managed to do it in a fashion that ultimately fit the larger spirit of the evening - and in a way that somehow made "Fight the Power" not feel utterly ridiculous as the evening's closing note.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Rock simply did a good job of recognizing the issue everyone is talking about and putting his spin on the conversation...Rock made his time count.

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This was already one of, if not the strongest opening monologue in Oscars history.

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If at first it seemed like Rock's monologue was going to be a bit softer than anticipated, the host quickly laid waste to that idea when he began digging into the reason why institutional racism has become such a hot topic this year.

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Host tackles lack of diversity in the nominations head-on in a pointed and rousing opening monologue that mocks both industry prejudice and ceremony boycotters.

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Top Critic

No comedian better dissects the intersection of race and culture in America, and his monologue dealt almost entirely with the problem of institutionalized racism... but was funny to boot.

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Funny. Pointed. Gasp-inducing.

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His [Chris Rock] performance was an example of something the industry is still trying to learn: that you can achieve both inclusion and entertainment by giving the right person just the right opportunity.

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Audience Reviews for The Academy Awards: 88th Oscars

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