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Chris Rock's 9 Best Moments From the 2016 Oscars

28 February 2016 10:15 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Chris Rock was announced for the gig of hosting the Academy Awards long before the nominations were revealed, and ensuing controversy over the lack of diversity in the nominees erupted. And Rock stoked the intrigue, refusing to do pre-Oscar publicity while he honed his material. He didn't want to give anything away and for good reason -- this wouldn't just be a fun hosting job; it felt vital, important, and now. And boy did he pull it off.

Below, our favorite Chris Rock moments form this year's Oscars.

1. The Opening MonologueWhen one of Rock's first remarks in his monologue was, "If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job," you knew that it was going to be pretty no-holds-barred. And, well, it was. His monologue focused primarily on the issue of race, which set a tone for the rest of the evening, in which Rock would return to this well again and again. »

- Moviefone Staff

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