Chris Rock Campaigns For Oscar Votes During Award Acceptance Speech

by Zach Seemayer 11:12 PM PST, January 04, 2015
Playing Chris Rock Campaigns For Oscar Votes During Award Acceptance Speech

On Sunday, comedian Chris Rock was honored at the Variety Creative Impact Awards for his contribution to comedy, and the star made sure to give an acceptance speech that stood out from the pack.

At the annual gala, held at the Parker Palm Springs Resort and attended by scores of Oscar-hopeful actors and directors, Rock cut to the chase to reveal why he – and likely everyone else – was there on a Sunday morning.

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"We're out here for – what are we out here for? The Variety Creative Impact Awards. But, you know, we're trolling for Oscar votes. Let's be honest," Rock, 49, said to a laughing audience. "We gotta pretend like, 'Yeah, I'm always out here. I like cactus. I'm out here.'"

The comedian is currently a possible Oscar contender for his comedy Top Five, which he wrote, directed and starred in.

Once addressing the awkwardness of having to pretend like he's not campaigning for an Oscar nomination, Rock was able to tackle the issue head on.

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"Comedies never get nominated," Rock said. "So I'm going to blatantly appeal to the voters. February 22 is my mother's birthday. 70th birthday. If I'm nominated, I will take her to the Oscars. If not, I will take her to Fatburger."

Check out the video for more from the comic as he accepted his Creative Impact in Comedy Award.