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.

Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars!

Eddie Murphy host of the Oscars

Nutty Professor“ Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards, which will be telecast Feb. 26 on ABC, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. The actor/comedian has been praised by event producers as a “comedic genius” and one of the “most influential” live performers the world has ever seen.

“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever seen.”-Brett Ratner, co-producer of the Oscars, said in a statement.

By selecting Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars, the academy is returning to its comedic host roots. Over the years, comics including Jerry Lewis, Johnny Carson, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Stewart have hosted the Oscars.

Eddie Murphy who earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn in 2006′s “Dreamgirls, said that he “was looking forward” to working with the producers and “creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience.”

The actor also lent is voice to the animated character “Donkey” in the hit “Shrek” series. We’re sure that the comedic genius, Eddie Murphy bring a smile on every one’s face at the 84th Academy Awards. Go Eddie!

He always brings the fun in the house: Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars.