Expect lots of shade at this year’s Academy Awards.
Chris Rock took to Twitter ahead of the 2016 Oscars on Sunday (Feb. 28, 2016) to post a super cryptic message. Aside from calling the Oscars the “White BET Awards,” he has avoided discussing the award show’s diversity controversy on social media. However, without saying too much — or shading anyone — the host tweeted this on Friday (Feb. 26, 2016): “See you Sunday… #blackout #oscars,” alongside a video of static on a television screen.
The tweet seems to tease that he has something planned for the award’s show. But what? We can’t know for sure, but we’re super anxious about his opening monologue. Speculation has been building for weeks over how he will address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has plagued the Oscars since the nominees were announced in January.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 26, 2016
“I told my agent I wanted to present because it’s like, what’s easier and better than presenting? You come in, do something really funny and get out of there,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “But it just seemed like a good time. I hadn’t [hosted] in a while, and I’m in between projects…and let’s not get it twisted: I’m only here because Ellen said no.”