Celebs Offer Advice for Oscars Host Chris Rock and Nominees
Nothing takes the edge off a stressful situation like some wisdom from the people who’ve come before you…
This weekend, all your favorite stars will have their hair and makeup perfected, squeeze into elaborate, elegant gowns and suits and, well, attempt to not make a total ass of themselves on live television. So, in preparation for the Oscars, here’s some worthwhile nuggets of wisdom from the experts themselves on how the host and nominees can get the most out of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
Advice for Chris Rock, the Night’s Host
With the #OscarsSoWhite controversy plaguing this year’s festivities, and transgender musician Anohni’s recent announcement that she’ll be skipping the big night because her performance was cancelled, Chris Rock will be in the hot seat tasked with keeping the audience and viewers at home happy and entertained, while not skirting these important social issues.
Anne Hathaway, who hosted the star-studded night with James Franco in 2011, shared this advice last year for the event’s host, Neil Patrick Harris, but the words still ring true today: “Do the opposite of what I did and you’ll be fine.” The two hosts were heavily criticized, Franco seemed disinterested and checked out to many, while Hathaway attempted to carry the show for both of them, and the weight of the task showed. When pressed to explain, she simply said, “I think it’s so obvious that it doesn’t even need to be identified.”
Comedian Steve Harvey had this advice for Rock on his talk show, clearly referencing the boycott due to the lack of diversity: “Well, Chris, I need you to be bigger and blacker. And I want you to be so black that you represent the 40 actors that ain’t coming that night.”
The host of this year’s Golden Globes, British comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted some pretty astute advice for Chris Rock amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy: “If I were @chrisrock, I wouldn’t be considering boycotting The Oscars. I’d be thinking ‘this shit is live. I can do some serious damage.'”
Dick Cavett, two-time Emmy winner and TV host had this simple but powerful advice for Chris Rock: “Don’t be afraid to offend. People are resilient. Folks have been offended and actually lived.”
Advice for Oscar Nominees
For so many, an Oscar nomination is the culmination of a lifelong devotion to a craft. The gowns and gifts and luncheons and interviews and can understandably be a dizzying experience; these celebs offer a healthy dose of perspective amidst all the glitz and glamour.
Alicia Vikander, who is up for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Danish Girl, shared this touching piece of advice from her costar Eddie Redmayne: “When we were shooting last year, he was in the mix of doing all this. I think I wondered, how do you keep your head straight, and how do you fly out each weekend to LA and do interviews? I think I learned by watching him because he was so much about doing that, and he said try to enjoy it, because it is really wonderful. So that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”
Oscar winner and nominee Kate Winslet had this advice for this year’s hopefuls: “I wish somebody would have told me that size of my ass was something I should have spent waaaay less time worrying about!”
Vera Farmiga, who was nominated for her part in 2009’s Up in the Air, had this to say to attendees clamoring for a gold statuette: “If you haven’t actually seen a competitor’s film, don’t fib and say you have and blow smoke up their wahooziewhatsits. Always best to be frank and tell them the truth.”
The ever-charming Lupita Nyong’o offered this sensible advice for nominees dressed to nines and sitting for hours at the awards show: “Carry something sweet to nibble on that doesn’t crackle too much.”
The Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 28 at 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST. Tune in to find out which celebs heeded the experts’ wisdom, and which simply have to learn hard way.