Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oscar 2011: Sorry Kermit! It's Billy Crystal!

Well, there were certainly a lot less satisfying ways this could've proceeded. After Brett Ratner had royally soiled the air of the prestigious Academy Awards telecast, he packed Eddie Murphy back up in his little suitcase, and went on his merry way. Thus began the theorizing and hopeful chances. I heard a lot of things that I didn't want to hear. Melissa McCarthy, while entertaining, does not have nearly enough points on her side to gather the proper amount of love. And when Brian Grazer came on board, many continued punching out those gut-wrong feelings. People were talking about bringing Eddie Murphy back, or worst, getting Ben Stiller at the head. God knows I didn't want that.

So in a week that's been hell to begin with, especially for us of the film awards circuit, I don't think you could've been any more soothed by the announcement of Billy Crystal as the host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Yes, it is an incredibly safe and predictable choice, but a welcome one nonetheless. The man is a skilled entertainer, as his tenure as most successful host will attest to. The last good host was Jon Stewart, so it could've been a hack job of who they chose. So just thank god it's Billy and not somebody terrible. Yes, I had my hopes set on Kermit and the Muppet gang, but who's to say that still won't happen someday? And even more, they'll still have a presence at some point in this year's show. At least, they will if the producers have any sense in them.

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