If the 84th Annual Academy Awards show is anything like its predecessors (and on nearly all fronts, it will be), then there’s quite a bit of fluff to be decidedly unenthused about. Most of the contests are, predictably, predictable — thanks to the SAGs, the Globes and various other indicators. Host Billy Crystal, due to the scandalous departure earlier this year of would-be-producer/host duo Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, is taking the reins for the ninth time almost ostensibly because industry suits — and bored-to-death audiences — know what to expect from him. (Guess we can’t complain, given our failed attempt to adore last year’s co-hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco.)
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As word spread Wednesday about the dual departure of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy from 84th Academy Awards, so did speculation of who would replace them. Today, an answer: Brian Grazer will step up as producer, and veteran comedian (and Oscars host) Billy Crystal will emcee the February 2012 event, EW.com reports.
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