EntertainmentChris Rock Does Not Want to Host the Oscars
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The job comes with little pay, a ton of pressure and even more scrutiny.
can be crossed of the list of potential 2019 Academy Awards hosts.
The comedian denied any interest in the now-dreaded Oscar hosting gig on Monday night at theAwards dinner in Manhattan.
“If it was five years ago, I could say something really offensive and funny right now, but I can’t do that anymore, so…heyyyy!” Rock cracked, as he took the podium at the NYFCC Awards where he was on hand to present director Bo Burnham with the award for best first film for “Eighth Grade.”
Continuing to do some impromptu standup of sorts, Rock looked into the audience at Steve Martin — who was at the award show to present the best supporting actor award to Richard E. Grant for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” — and brought up the very topical subject of hosting.
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“Steve Martin is here. You should host. You’re the best,” Rock said. “Steve Martin should host the Oscars! Because I’m not doing it, goddammit! You’re not getting me.”
Rock’s comments come amidst the continuously developing Kevin Hart saga, as the Academy’s search for an Oscars host continues.
Rock has hosted the Oscars twice — first in 2005 and, most recently, in 2016.
Rock was one of many big names at the Monday night dinner, held each year by the NYFCC. Martin Scorsese presented “First Reformed” director Paul Schrader with the best screenplay award; Gayle King introduced Regina King, who won best supporting actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” fresh off of her Golden Globe win on Sunday night; Andrew Rannells presented “Support the Girls” star Regina Hall with the lead actress award; and Naomi Watts delivered Alfonso Cuarón best cinematography, one of three awards “Roma” won at the event, including best film.
Oprah said she will NOT host the Oscars... after her friend Kevin Hart stepped down from the job due to furor over old homophobic jokes
Oprah Winfrey doesn't want to host the Oscars. The 64-year-old media mogul is known for her work as the host of her eponymously titled talk show, but has said she isn't looking to fill in as the host of the Academy Awards in 2019 after Kevin Hart - who was previously lined up for the prestigious job - quit the position following the controversy that arose when his previous homophobic tweets were resurfaced. When asked by TMZ if she would consider hosting the Oscars if the Academy were to ask her, Oprah simply said: 'No.' Get Hard star Kevin, 39, stepped down as host after past homophobic tweets he'd posted re-emerged, and said he didn't want to be a 'distraction'.
The intimate event is an annual favorite for stars, who enjoy thanking (and playfully scolding) film critics for their support (or lack thereof) of their films. Ethan Hawke, who won best actor for “First Reformed,” summed the night up perfectly during his acceptance speech: “It was an honor watching Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese hug. F— me!”
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Paul Thomas Anderson: "There are similarities between a designer and a director"
In "Phantom Thread", the filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is inspired by the life of Balenciaga to sign a masterpiece on the pangs of passion.
And if the most beautiful movie of the year was already released on February 14th? In the refined lounge of a large Parisian hotel, Paul Thomas Anderson, with his six nominations at theannounced a few days earlier, looks worried. "People really like this movie, which always tends to make me skeptical. Maybe he's a little too ... nice? He jokes. For he knows it: he has long been known as a megalomaniac demiurge, author of interminable frescoes that he often refused to cut into colossal battles against his early producers ("Boogie Nights", "Magnolia").
Because the gentleman, like his hero, great designerin the London of 1950s, enjoys little sense of compromise and does not like the idea of unanimity. "Phantom Thread" is the story of an autistic artist, obsessed with his art, who learns to love in a passive-aggressive conjugal waltz with a muse more resistant and less quick to be dominated than it seems. Self-portrait (disguised) of the artist as a tyrant? "No doubt a little," admits PTA, in a relationship for over fifteen years with the former star of the "Saturday Night Live" Maya Rudolph. "There are indeed common points between a designer and a director swaying all day orders to 300people who, in his shadow, do all the work in his place ... But I take myself much less seriously than my hero!
Paul Thomas Anderson © Patrick Fouque / Paris
Great novelty so: it seems that PTA is 47 years sluggish, and his film, a goldsmith's work of infinite delicacy, can attest to this: if he still practices the art of the slap followed by a caress, Anderson has today reached a form of sketch that goes straight to the heart. "There is a great picture of Dior in the courtyard of his mansion where we see him smiling in his work coat, the only man surrounded by 400women. It summarizes everything! Not only is there a woman behind every great man, but as we can see in the movie, there is a woman who can lie to her to preserve her self-esteem and prevent her from crying like a baby, "she says. -he.
Chris Rock asked me when I would finally do a great movie about the couple ..."
Yet the inspiration for this eighth feature film came from a muse named .... "He asked me when I would finally make a big film about the couple ... It's funny because I saw Chris a while ago while he was playing in a sold-out Los Angeles stadium in front of 20,000 people; and as I was amazed at the extent of his success, he said to me, "Do you really think that U2 is filling stages with its rock songs? No, it's their tubes on the couple that fill the stadiums! "And he was right. Wherever Chris goes in the world, his jokes about the couple are universal. And, regardless of their social status, men and women always end up not understanding each other, wanting to kill each other ... then by getting back together, "he concludes with a smile as a happy ending.
Before finishing on the Oscars effect: "I hate it exists but I will not change the system. The Oscars bring people to theaters. What's crazy is that I have four kids and never have I received so many messages of congratulations, flowers and champagne as when I was nominated for the Oscars. That's the irony of this business. A slap, a caress.
"Phantom Thread", currently in theaters.
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