Oscars 2016: Chris Rock, Angela Bassett honor Jack Black as part of Black History Month
Chris Rock did not shy away from tackling the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in his opening monologue at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, and the jabs continued throughout the night with some help from Angela Bassett, who earlier this week backed the comedian’s decision to hold onto the gig despite pressure to step down. The host introduced a segment titled titled “Black History Month Minute: Oscars Edition,” in which the Academy would spotlight a (presumably) black actor who wasn’t nominated this year.
When the video rolled, the American Horror Story actress listed off Enemy of The State and Shark Tale as some of this actors’ works, both of which star Will Smith — who, along with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, made it known he’d be boycotting this years’ awards show due to its lack of diverse nominees. Smith also failed to receive a nomination for his leading role in Concussion.
But it turns out that Bassett had another Black actor in mind: Jack Black.
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