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Why the Oscars should be all over Chris Rock
Why the Oscars should be all over Chris Rock

Chris Rock’s Oscar-hosting stint in 2005 didn’t exactly pass universal muster. So it’s not likely -- in the jittery, offend-lightly world of modern awards-show hosting -- that  he’ll be given the gig again any time soon. But Rock's appearance at Tuesday night’s National Board of Review prizes in New York, where he received an award for his new comedy "Top Five," shows why that’s folly — or, at the very least, why producers need to work him into the telecast any chance they get. It’s easy this year, what with him directing a critically acclaimed movie and all. Rock was already facing an expectation-laden crowd at the...

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