Billy Crystal Will Host The 2012 Oscars [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 11th, 2011 at 9:25 am,

billy crstal 2012 oscars Billy Crystal Will Host The 2012 Oscars [Updated]

Plans for the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in 2012 are being rapidly revamped this week, following the departure of producer Brett Ratner and onetime host Eddie Murphy. Brian Grazer quickly settled in as Ratner’s replacement, but there’s been some question over the past day (or so) about who would be taking Murphy’s spot.

The bad news (for some) is that it won’t be any of The Muppets. The good news (for others) is that it will be the ever-popular Billy Crystal, who will serve as the Oscars host for the ninth (count ‘em, ninth) time.

UPDATE: Here is an official statement on the matter, from the Academy’s press release:

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.”

Crystal technically “broke” the news himself, when he Tweeted the following:

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

Many a film buff started (unofficially) petitioning and calling for Crystal to handle the 84th Oscars ceremony, follow 2011′s “younger, hipper” Academy Awards show. That event was by and large viewed as a debacle, save for a few highlights and celebrity presenters – among them, Crystal’s brief appearance.

This move on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ part should (generally) be well-received. However, some may be unimpressed with the decision, seeing it as a retreat to “safety” – with regards to how the 84th Oscars show will be conducted.

Plus, ratings for the awards presentation have been somewhat on the weaker side in recent years, which could arguably be chalked up (partially) to a lack of innovation on the Academy’s part. Thus, bringing Crystal onboard might not do anything to buck that trend.


Which side of the fence do you fall on? Are you pleased to hear that Crystal will be back? Disappointed that Murphy won’t be taking on the job? Some combination of the two?

Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

TAGS: Oscars
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  1. Was hoping for Neil Patrick Harris, but after the whole Ratner thing I understand why they are playing it safe.

    • Yea I wanted NPH , Dougie Howser, Barney Simpson and his Starship Troopers persona.

      • Barney Stinson

  2. No muppets :(

  3. BOOOOOOO, he is just going to ass kiss the audience

  4. Kirk Douglas should of been the host. he was awesome last year

  5. Should have had Alan Partridge.


  6. He’s not gonna sing a song for EVERY SINGLE MOVIE being nominated this year again is he?

    • I mean, does anyone else remember that? OMG… A full song, for every movie… Come on, let me do it, I’m tone-deaf, so I wont sing for half the show…

  7. Muppets will get it next year

  8. I wanted Eddie or Muppets :( Im fine with this though :)

  9. I’m so excited. Like a lot of other people, I wanted to see the Muppets get the job but if it couldn’t be them, then this was really the only other idea I wanted. Billy Crystal is a class-act and is exactly what the Oscars have been missing these past few years. Love him and can’t wait to see the show.

    • Seriously?

  10. I’ve always heard of billy crystal’s oscar apecials. always wanted to see them. awesome…….

  11. I wanted The Muppets…

    I understand why they’d get Billy Crystal (and I’m really not complaining since I’m a fan of his) but him hosting is so…predictable, and safe.

  12. This totally blows.

    The prospect of Eddie Murphy hosting was very cool. He would have certainly given the show a good kick in the teeth.
    But suddenly Ive lost a lot of respect for Murphy. Is he that much of a suck up that he had to quit simply because his homophobic buddy Ratner quit?
    Now we are left to suffer the oooold, naustalgic, vaudeville, lounge act of Billy Botox Crystal. Seriously look at the guys face. Not even Hector Hammonds face is so bloated.
    Would much rather see Miss Piggy than Ctystal.

    RIP Oscars 2012

    • Yeah I wanted to see Eddie Murphy host the oscars kinda sucks that his out

  13. Anybody over the age of 10 asking for the Muppets needs their head examined. What is Bert and Ernie not available.

    Grow up people, there’s a reason he’s hosted 9 times.

    • And Eddie Murphy hasn’t been relevant since 1996.

      • Maybe you’re just offended at people who aren’t giving Crystal his due, but there’s nothing immature about liking The Muppets. You watch a lot of their stuff again and you can peel a few more layers from their routines. That’s quality, being able to appeal to multiple age groups without watering down your content or resorting to raunchy or whatever. There’s a reason why so many 20 to 30 somethings are interested in The Muppets still.

        • Oops, accidentally sent my post too soon. To finish what I was saying in the post directly above:

          For myself, personally, liking the Muppets is not nostalgia. They were present during my childhood, but I never saw a lot of them. I watch them now and discover a great thing I didn’t really know too much about when I was younger. As for Eddie Murphy, no comment I guess.

        • It’s the fact people want a bunch of puppets to host the pinnacle film event.

          • I knew the Muppets wouldn’t host since this is the biggest award ceremony, but it was fun hoping they’d get the job. You said Eddie Murphy hasn’t relevant for how ever many years…well either has Crystal. His last major live-action role was in 2001′s America’s Sweethearts and 2002′s Analyze That. Pretty much all he does anymore is host the Oscars. I would have liked for them to go outside the norm…Nathan Lane performed on Broadway in front of a live audience, he can work a crowd. Does he even get considered? I don’t know since I’m not on the committee. Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Tony Awards twice. The Oscars have gone to the well once again with Crystal…10 more times, and he’ll be Bob Hope.

  14. So, I won’t be watching this again. GREAT! If it was Ricky Gervais I would have, but as is Crystal sucks.

  15. I just found out this guys was hosting the oscars when LOTR won all those awards. Could it be a sign that maybe DH2 might actually get nominated or WIN? Id love to think so! 8-)

  16. I love this. I posted this on FB when i heard. I grew up watching him do the oscars and I loved his west side story number when american beauty won that year. I cant wait for him to bring that old dance number routine back. I am 30 yrs old and i am so pumped for this. and “safe” doesnt mean lame or that the show will suck, it means it’ll actually be funny without resorting to bad jokes and people who cant deliver the good ones. i cant wait.

    • Go watch Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes and get back to me. He should have been the host not Billy Crystal.

  17. Ricky Gervais was a funny GG host. They wouldn’t have him though because he would refuse to suck up to everyone

  18. I am so glad that he is hosting this year. It’s always so much fun when he does.
    I don’t care how much money they had to pay him to do it, he’s worth it !