Hudlin told Entertainment Tonight at the NAACP Image Awards lunch on Saturday that Rock is eager to host the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, even as a few black celebrities have decided not to attend the show for its lack of diversity.
He said he expects Rock to make jokes about the OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and that the film academy is ready for it. Hudlin said he’s confident Rock’s material “will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks.”
Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee have said they won’t attend the upcoming ceremony.
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