Brian Grazer stepped in to replace Brett Ratner as Oscar producer yesterday, and now Billy Crystal has announced he’ll be replacing Eddie Murphy as host.
Crystal told his followers on Twitter that he’ll be taking the gig, closing his tweet by saying he’s “Looking forward to the show”.
The actor/writer/comedian is no stranger to the Academy Awards, having hosted 8 times over the years (mostly in the 90s). His last was in 2004 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won all 11 categories in which it was nominated. Hiring Crystal as host is a safe choice, as he’s got plenty of experience. Over recent years the producers have been trying ‘out of the box’ choices, such as Anne Hathaway and James Franco last year, but with just over 3 months until the event I suppose there’s not enough time to take another big risk.
The 84th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2012