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 Quits The Oscars, Billy Crystal New Host

Eddie Murphy Quits The Oscars, Billy Crystal New Host. Murphy decided that he will not act as host for the 2012 Oscars due to his friend Brett Ratner getting the boot as producer of the show. Ratner is the director of “Tower Heist” and recently stated very unnecessary gay slurs during an interview about rehearsals. Ratner stated, “Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags. Rehearsal. Not much.” For this statement, the Academy received negative comments about the producer and they had to act on and let Ratner go. The Academy did not want to lose out on a large portion of their viewing audience.

Murphy released a statement, “First and foremost. I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. “I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

Tom Sherak, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, released his statement of Murphy’s choice to step down, “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well.”

The Academy found a replacement host very quickly and it wasn’t a shocking choice. Billy Crystal has been said to be one of the best Oscar hosts of all time. Crystal accepted their offer and will be set to host the Oscars on February 26, 2012. The announcement was not made by the Academy instead Crystal had made the big announced via Twitter. Crystal tweeted, “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions.”

There will be no disaster moments for the Oscars that Crystal will now be hosting. The last Oscars was horrible with James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts. I am not even going to go into that discussion.

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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.

Eddie Murphy to be ‘worst Oscar host ever’

Eddie Murphy to be 'worst Oscar host ever'

"I'm gonna be the worst Oscar host ever"-Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy, who will be hosting the prestigious movie event in February 26, 2012, is telling audiences not to expect much from his Oscar gig. The comedian joked he is going to be the ”worst Oscar host ever” and may even urinate on stage. Eddie Murphy, 50, was speaking as he promoted his new film Tower Heist with Ben Stiller on Monday (24.10.11).

“I think it’s so funny that people think I’m the perfect for this. I’m going to be horrendous. I’m going to be the worst host ever. I’m going to be introducing people and looking straight at the camera. And I’m going to wear a powdered sky-blue tuxedo and at the end of the evening, I’m going to urinate on myself in front of a billion people.”-the star said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Eddie Murphy also recently spilled details on how he got to be the Oscar host. He said the idea came during a conversation with Tower Heist director Brett Ratner, who will also be producing next year’s Oscar ceremony.

“The conversation came up about who would host and [Ratner] was saying different names,’ recalled Eddie. ‘And I was like, you know, if I hosted that show, it would probably get nice little chatter for our movie before the movie came out — that I was hosting the Oscars. And that’s kind of how it happened.”-Eddie Murphy recalled.

The actor has not hosted an awards show since the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, and says he accepted to be Oscar host because he “never got to it.”

Eddie Murphy to be 'worst Oscar host ever'

Funnyman on duty: Eddie Murphy joked he is going to be the worst Oscar host ever.