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Billy Crystal Replaces Eddie Murphy as Academy Awards Host

Can someone tell me what year this is? Or what decade, even? Because the headline, “BILLY CRYSTAL REPLACES EDDIE MURPHY AS ACADEMY AWARDS HOST” feels like it should have been buried in a time capsule in the early ‘90s. Still, that’s the news, as broken by Crystal, now 63, via Twitter: “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.” Yikes. Remember when Paul Reiser decided it was time to come out of retirement? And all the jokes were about how no one recognizes him anymore? Yeah. I’m getting a bad feeling.

Luckily, however this goes, it will only last about four hours. And there’s no denying that Crystal was, once upon a time, a dependable host. Unlike Murphy, he will definitely do a musical number, and we already know how it will go (“It’s a wonderful night for OS-car! Oscar Oscar etc...”); he’ll ad-lib some delightful one-liners to keep us on our toes (remember his riff on Jack Palance’s one-armed push-ups? No? You weren’t born yet? Never mind); and, most importantly, he won’t do anything controversial that will add to this year’s already scandal-tinged ceremony. That’s all the Academy is really hoping for at this point: no bad publicity.

So now that that’s settled, feel free to release some movies worthy of winning awards, Hollywood. Haven’t seen a single one so far this year, except maybe Bridesmaids. TV has far surpassed movies as the place to go for quality dramas and comedies. Do you agree?

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Midnight in Paris was great, Woody Allen never disappoints.
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old school is good-school.. after last year's disaster with "young" and "trendy" people, who and how could you accuse Billy Crystal for being "too old"? and remember, last year, even Michael Douglas' father -who is like 1000 years old or sth- was more funny and entertaining than both Hathaway and Franco, so stop this meaningless and brutal agism and give the guy a chance..
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Billy Crystal is 63 and not 93. I don't think that his age will interfere with his hosting the Oscar's. That's ridiculous. He's a great comedian and now I'm looking forward to the next Oscar show. Last year was a train wreck and the age of both hosts combined was under 63 (just guessing). They should try Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law the next year if they don't stick with Crystal. And I've also thought of Patrick Wilson. Or are the guys already getting too old? ^^
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Yes I agree. Wow, Billy Crystal looks way different now! How can he rightfully expect anyone to recognize him in that fat-face condition? Not to mention his fivehead ha
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the guy is too old , lets hope he doesn't die on stage , and the ceremony turns into Funeral Eulogy
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Eh, I won't be watching. Billy Crystal is alright, but I was hoping fo the Muppets.
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why did they replace eddie?
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He dropped out
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ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZ..... Wait.. What .. Oscars, right zzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzz,
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I think he'll do a good job, he's one of the better host of the stars that has had the honor. The problem this year is, as many allready said, there is a lack of good movies this year :(
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Yes, Billy is a little old school but we all know how it went last year with a couple of hip, young actors.
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I completely agree!
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I don't know man..... the reasons I could never get into the Oscars... 1- I hated half the famous people in the audience with their stiff laughs and awkward silence. 2- Sometimes they miss the ball with nominations 3- The host was too afraid to go after the famous people in the audience with their stiff laughs and awkward silence. 4- it was 3 hours too long 5- It was boring as hell. 6- It just felt like a bunch of nicely dressed assholes patting each other on the back for being assholes. Don't really feel the sincerity for the love of great movies.
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I can't c Eddie Murphy as the oscars host, only as donkey in shrek. Anyone is better
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Amy Poehler? Tina Fey? Anyone other than Billy Crystal?
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Can't we all agree that Billy Crystal will be infinitely better than Eddie Murphy would have ever been.
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Agreed. Hell I would have picked a drunken C list celebrity over Murphy.
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Thats going for the safe option. If the Oscars want us watching again they have to bring in an awesome host that blows our minds!
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Snooze. Still say they should've gone with Conan, Stewart or Colbert to make at least somewhat entertaining. I'll skip this one.
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Crystals cool but would have loved to see Jon Stewart/Ricky Gervais!
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yep!
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Billy Crystal's movie song send-ups are sooo passe. Bring back James Franco, lol
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Why are you so cynical about this, Seth? He was the last Oscar host to legitimately put on an entertaining show.
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I liked Hugh Jackman, and I'm always up for Steve Martin.
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Tv definitely has surpassed movies this year. But then again, doesn't it every year? :P
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I stopped watching the Academy Awards seven years ago. I will watch this one now that Billy will be hosting.
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Ehhh nooooooo. I don't like Billy Crystal. I don't like Eddie Murphy either so I guess it doesn't matter lol.
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Billy Crystal is funny. He's a legitimate comedian who started off in stand-up. He's also not washed-up like Eddie Murphy.

The Oscar host doesn't have to be "edgy" or somewhat "controversial", he/she has to be entertaining, efficient, and engaging. Billy should do all three of those well.

I would however like to see Neil Patrick Harris next year.



And to my fellow commenters: sometimes you have to go off the beaten track to find good films. They're not all going to be blockbusters. Go to an art-house theater and watch the films there. Also most legitimate Oscar contenders come out in the last four months of the year (so it's still fresh in the Academy's mind). In general, we've got Moneyball, Drive, 50/50, Ides of March, J. Edgar., A Dangerous Method, My Weekend with Marilyn, The Iron Lady, Melancholia, The Descendants, War Horse, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, etc.



Most of these haven't come out yet in theaters, but they've already been screened at film festivals around the world and have come out as favorites for nominations.
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See, heres the thing, out of all the "talent" in hollycrap, they decided to resurrect this old cobweb to salvage what's left of this extremely worn out sham of a show!! What a joke, there's more important things to deal with, the movies being churned out these days are mediocre at best, created by the '80s' generation!! The sooner they realize its time's up, the BETTER for all of us SANE people.
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The 80's generation! That's exactly what the problem is here. It's my generation. But honestly, I enjoy wallowing in nostalgia in the privacy of my home, but Oscars should be a celebration of the past year AND a shining outlook of what wonders might come. In 2009, Hugh Jackman was a perfect choice.
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Mmeh-! Been there, done that... He'll probably be good, but i was hoping for something different this time. Anything, really, to shake off the horrible performances of Frathaway... Something along the lines of Zach Galifiniakis or Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon/Andy Samberg...

As for the movies, I think every studio waits until December/January to release their contending dramas... Award Season hasn't started yet and when it will, you'll know! But; yeah, TV is lightyears ahead, and has been for a while.
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Yes! Justin Timberlake! Maybe he'll show his nipples!
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I was rooting for the Muppets, but this is great news, I love Billy Crystal :)) Looking forward to Oscars!
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I can agree that this has been a fantastic year for TV. Also, I am one HUGE FAN of Billy Crystal, and I so very MISS his hostings from the '90s, so I am quite HAPPY with this news!! My favourite movies that I think deserve awards from this year are "Moneyball", "Hanna", "Water For Elephants" and "Contagion", and you already mentioned "Bridesmaids". But that's just me.
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This is GREAT news.



If you think anything but that, you just don't remember how fantastic his past performances were. If you're getting hung up on the age thing, please remember how horribly un-funny last year's "let's try someone young" experiment went! David Letterman, Don Rickles, Regis Philbin and Betty White are all current examples that getting older doesn't mean you are necessarily less funny or entertaining.



What it comes down to is Billy Crystal's humor matches well with the Oscar telecast. I was always disappointed with Steve Martin because I wanted to see the wacky, irreverent guy from his old stand-up albums - he couldn't do that stuff on the Oscars.

But in choosing Billy Crystal, you're picking someone who is the best at THAT kind of humor. He hits the mark while being self-aware and self-deprecating, he knows how to interact with the crowd and he knows how to keep the evening moving.



I know it's cool to be against anything that's old and established (read the comments previous to this one), but at a certain point, we need to sit back, stop being cynical, and enjoy what may be one of the final performances from the greatest Oscar host of our generation.
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It's going to be boring as usual, I guess Billy Crystal was the safest bet. At least Eddie Murphy would have made it a little fun though.
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He's been a great host in the past. May check it out now just for the opening number.



There were better choices, but there were also FAR worse choices.
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Billy Crystal doing an opening number should be a mainstay even for the years he's not hosting. They are memorable.
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Pfff... 'Crystal now 63' says it all. I won't even search on the net to view this in illegal streaming. What a sad year for cinema this was : I can not name one single movie that can be considered for a nomination. And no worthy ceremony to celebrate this """art""". Pfff...
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While not looking bad for 63, his face looks pretty plastic. I don't mind Billy Crystal, but I agree the headline sounds like something form a time capsule. I'd say late 80s might even be better.
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what's wrong with being 63? Doesn't mean his wit disappears.
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Billy Crystal is a God amongst Oscar hosts. Should be awesome.



TV has surpassed movies for quality for at least ten years now. I haven't seen anything that wasn't shite (apart from The Help, which comes from a book anyway) this year.
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