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Can Chris Rock Win an Emmy for the Oscars?

Variety hosting category was nixed in 2008, but he still has a chance

Past Oscar hosts have won Emmy Awards, but that's getting harder to do. Getty Images

Chris Rock's hilarious, poignant opening Oscars monologue was one for the ages, but there's no guarantee that he'll win an Emmy—or even be nominated for one—in September for his work.

That's because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences eliminated the Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program category—where Oscar hosts were routinely nominated—eight years ago. Billy Crystal won for his hosting duties in 1991 and 1998, although Rock was not nominated in 2005, the first year he hosted the Oscars. (Tony, Emmy and Grammy hosts were also frequently nominated.)

Jon Stewart was nominated for hosting the Academy Awards in 2008, the last year the honor was given. But he lost to Don Rickles for the HBO special Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. That year, the Emmys introduced a new category, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, which has replaced the original category.

The 88th Academy Awards will be eligible for an Emmy in the Outstanding Variety Special category, but the show's nominees would be producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, not Rock.

That leaves Rock with one Emmy opportunity for Sunday's bravura Oscars performance: the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special category, which could recognize Rock and his Oscars writing team. But that will be tough going for the comedian since the Academy Awards has been shut out of the category for the last several years. The Oscars telecast was last nominated in 2012, the last year Crystal hosted.

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