Billy Crystal Will Save Oscar Night

It has been a bad, bad week for the Oscars. Producer Brett Ratner stepped down after remarks that he made about gays and women on the Howard Stern Show came back to bite him in the rear. And when Ratner left, so too did the scheduled host Eddie Murphy. The glaring hole was finally filled today with an old favorite. Actor and comedian Billy Crystal will be coming back. And I, for one, am glad to see it. 

Last year's awards hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco was an epic disaster. Then, after Ratner, director of Tower Heist, producer of Catfish, and commercial star, decided to step down from his prestigious role as co-producer of the 2012 Oscars, it looked like this year might suck, too.

But now Crystal, who is no stranger to hosting the show (this will be his ninth time), is back again. He may not be the out there choice, but he is a perennial favorite and knows how to do it well.


Crystal may not appeal to the young and hip crowd, but when the Oscars tried to do that last year, it backfired spectacularly. Oscar watchers don't want stoned James Franco; they want humor and confidence and comfort on the stage. Crystal has all that. 

Though he hasn't hosted since 2004, Crystal is more than at ease with the job and is usually pretty funny, to boot. Tonight he tweeted:

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.

He is low key, humble, and hilarious. Sure, he isn't the sexy choice or the juicy one or the one who will provide insane amounts of drama and humiliation. But hey, they had that in Ratner and look how well that turned out.

The Oscars are lucky and we are all lucky. Crystal is a funny dude. I might just watch it this year, after all.

Do you think Crystal was a good choice?


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