After the planned Oscars host, Eddie Murphy, stepped down last year in the midst of the Brett Ratner homophobia scandal, the Academy was left with needing to find a replacement urgently. With all the controversy surrounding the event already, and with the general negative feedback for previous year’s pair of lifeless succubi hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, the replacement needed to be somebody that could right the ship, so to speak.
After Hugh “Not only am I a badass mutant death machine with cutlery in my fists, but I can sing and dance amazingly too” Jackman’s absolutely fantastic turn as host in 2009, many were calling for him to be brought back. But the Academy went in another direction:
For those young’uns amongst you who don’t remember, Billy Crystal hosted the Oscars 8 times between 1990 and 2004 and was considered by many to be one of the best that the event has ever had. Funny man Steve Martin, while doing his own hosting stint, once famously quipped “Hosting the Oscars is like making love to a beautiful woman. It’s something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town.”
On top of his trademark wit and charm, Mr Crystal is also the originator of the whole song and dance routine that made Jackman such a popular host. And judging by the trailer above, I expect he is going to pull out all the stops to show these young whipper-snappers exactly how it’s done.
The 84th Academy Awards will take place on 26 February 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Last Updated: January 6, 2012