Listen, we all love Billy Crystal and that fun added nostalgia he brings to the Academy Awards. But then like, five minutes in we get kind of bored with the misty watercolored memories and want to watch someone who is actually funny. We woke up when Chris Rock, who hosted the show back in 2008, took the stage to present the award for Best Animated Film.
“I love animation,” he says. “I love animation because in the world of animation, you can be anything you want to be. If you’re a fat woman you can play a skinny princess. If you’re a short wimpy guy, you can play a tall gladiator. If you’re a white man you can play an Arabian prince. And if you’re a black man, you can play a donkey, or a zebra. You can’t play white, my God!”
Rock has done his fair share of animated work, including a zebra in the “Madagascar” movies. He would like you all to know that it wasn’t difficult. “I hate when people go on TV and tell you how hard it is to do animations. ‘Oh, Jay, it’s such hard work.’ No no no, UPS is hard work. Stripping wood is hard work,” he says, explaining that for animation, he just had to go into a studio and read his lines out loud.
“And then they give me a million dollars,” he added.
Can we get Rock back on stage next year as a host? We actually pay attention when he talks.