|Actor Billy Crystal during the arrivals preceding"An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren," |
on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.
The Academy has issued a press release announcing Billy Crystal as host of the Oscars.
Beverly Hills, CA – Producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have announced that Billy Crystal will serve as host for the 84th Academy Awards. "I'm thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar® stage," said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak. "He's a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs."
Commented Grazer, "Like so many others, I've been eager to see Billy host again. It's very gratifying that he agreed to do it with Don and me at the helm."
Said Mischer, "With Billy, we're moving forward with one of the greatest hosts in Oscar history. His return to the Oscars® is, in a sense, a celebration."
This will mark Crystal's ninth time as host. Only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations, with 19 ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. Crystal last hosted the Academy Awards in 2004.
"Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there. Actually, I am doing this so that the young woman in my pharmacy will stop asking me my name when I pick up my prescriptions," said Crystal.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Putting to rest speculation and rumors of who will host the next Academy Awards, Billy Crystal announced - via Twitter - that he is indeed returning. (Sorry Muppets.)
There has been no official statement from The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but you can expect it within the hour. We'll post it as soon as we receive it.
I think bringing Billy Crystal back is a very good, and safe, move from producer Brian Grazer. He'll have a host that knows what he's doing, and the Academy is very comfortable with him. This way the producing team will be able to concentrate on the show itself.
Since his appearance on last years Oscars, it did seem as if Crystal liked the idea of possibly coming back to host.
What say you?