Chris Rock has been tapped to host the 77th annual Academy Awards telecast, airing Feb. 27 on ABC. This is the Emmy-winning comic's inaugural stint as Oscar emcee and the first time someone other than Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin has hosted since 1996. Interesting side note: The last time Rock presided over an awards show, it featured a tonsil-hockey duel between Britney and Madonna. How can he possibly top that? I've got five words for ya: Lauren Bacall and Nicole Kidman.