Brian Grazer Replaces Brett Ratner as Oscar Producer

Brian Grazer Replaces Brett Ratner as Oscar Producer

A real friendship: Brian Grazer replaces Brett Ratner as Oscar producer.

Oscar winner Brian Grazer will replace director Brett Ratner as producer for the 84th Academy Awards, ABC announced yesterday (09.11.11). It will be the first time the producer, who won the best picture award in 2001 for A Beautiful Mind, has produced the Oscar’s, scheduled for February 26. Brian Grazer will co-produce the prestigious prize-giving event along with Don Mischer.

“It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career.”-he said in a statement.

Oscar hots Eddie Murphy also announced yesterday that he was withdrawing from the show in the wake of Brett Ratner’s departure as producer the previous day.Ratner, 42, stepped down from his supposed “dream job” producing the Oscar’s after the filmmaker made a string of comments that sparked a public firestorm.

Brian Grazer, 60, won an Oscar for Best Picture in 2001 for his works in A Beautiful Mind, which stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. His latest projects include Tower Heist, in which Brett Ratner is directing, and yet to be released J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The Oscar ceremony will be live televised in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Brian Grazer Replaces Brett Ratner as Oscar Producer

Brian Grazer is the new Oscar producer, after his buddy Brett Ratner quit the job.

Brett Ratner resignes as Oscar Producer

Brett Ratner resignes as Oscar Producer

"I quit": director Brett Ratner resigned from his job as Oscar producer.

Brett Ratner has resigned from producing the 2012 Oscars. The controversial director, who made headlines this week after he made a slew of insensitive comments, issued a statement on Tuesday (08.11.11) explaining his decision.

“Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.”-Brett Ratner said in a statement.

The Academy is now scrambling to cast a new team to helm the the February award show. Although the show’s ratings have flagged recently, the Oscars remain one of the most-viewed broadcasts of the year, often second only to the Super Bowl.

Brett Ratner, 42, resigned his job as Oscar producer after he used a pejorative term for gay men, saying: “rehearsal is for fags.”, during a question-and-answer session at a screening of his film Tower Heist. He also talked explicitly about his sex life on a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show.

In accepting the resignation, the Academy President Tom Sherak said yesterday (08.11.11):

“He did the right thing for the academy and for himself. Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett Ratner is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent.”

Brett Ratner resignes as Oscar Producer

Brett Ratner quits Oscars after using anti-gay slur.