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This year’s Oscar host pulled no punches when it came to the controversy regarding race and the Academy Awards. While he addressed the issues in his monologue, and by inserting black actors into Best Picture nominees, he also took some time to do "man on the street" interviews with people outside a Compton, California movie theater, in order to show the differences between the Academy and average black people. Now Chris Rock has posted additional footage that wasn’t used last night. It’s just as funny, and just as critical.
This additional footage that Chris Rock dropped on Twitter spends some more time with the movie fans that we saw during the Oscar telecast last night. It’s probably good that it wasn’t included as part of the original package. It would have been a significant blow to several Hollywood egos. The majority of those Rock speaks to don’t know who Meryl Streep or Cate Blanchett even are. One guy is familiar with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, but apparently missed Bridge of Spies entirely. For those of us who follow all movies it seems utterly shocking, but it absolutely shows a disconnect between the many of those who go to the movies, and those who decide the awards. Also, the host takes the opportunity to make a few more jokes at the expense of Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Although, we think the most damning moment may have been the lone white guy who said Rikki and the Flash was his favorite Meryl Streep movie. Seriously?
In the version of the interviews that we saw during the Oscars, every person that Chris Rock spoke to had seen Straight Outta Compton. In this additional footage, they all suggest that the movie was seriously snubbed by the Academy. The film was nominated for a single Oscar, for Best Original Screenplay, which it lost to Spotlight. Check out the telecast version below.
It’s easy enough to simply look at this as a comedy bit, but it shouldn’t be completely discounted for that reason. As with his monologue, Chris Rock told some hard truths that hopefully a few people took notice of. Judging art is a subjective thing, and as such, a diverse group of judges can only bring different perspectives and add to the conversation.
What did you think of Chris Rock as Oscar host last night? Let us know if you’d like to see him return in the comments.