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Oscars: Billy Crystal Tweets he’s hosting again – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com:Billy Crystal will host the 84th annual Academy Awards.

The former Oscar host – a perennial favorite – steps into a murky mess of a PR situation following the “resignation” of producer Brett Ratner and subsequent exit of Ratner’s chosen host, Eddie Murphy. While some fervent Twitter players lobbied hard for The Muppets to host next year’s event, level heads believed a seasoned vet like Crystal would be the right choice to right the Academy’s ship.

They get their wish.

“Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show,” Crystal just Tweeted. We’re waiting on confirmation from the Academy, but it looks like a go.

So, after a few days of instability, the Oscars have a producer (Brian Grazer) and a host (Billy Crystal). The choices are as safe as the Ratner-Murphy experiment was dangerous and appealing.

Now tell us, does Crystal’s return to the Oscars make you more or less willing to tune on to next year’s ceremony? Or are you only interested in the nominated films, and don’t give a hoot about the host?

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • November 10, 2011 | Permalink |

    Really? Is this guy still alive? Is he still relevant? I am sorry but that seems like a desperate choice.

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