Will Billy Crystal Score? Here's Some Insight

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An article by Sheila Marikar on ABC.com points out that Billy Crystal has returned to Oscar-hosting amidst a whole new cultural landscape.

Says the piece, there is now "a general sense that movie stars can't be covered in a wholesome, fun for the whole family sort of way."

Enter Billy Crystal.

He's old-school.

He's setup-puchline-rimshot.

He's not mean.

And he should do fine.

As I am quoted saying in the article:

"When Eddie Murphy left the gig, along with his friend Brett Ratner, it was a good chance to bring back a more feelgood, dependable choice.

"Yes, it is a new landscape out there, but I think Billy's brand of gentle mocking is timeless and after the last debacle, just straightforward gags will score."

Besides, Billy can think on his feet and be spontaneously funny, unlike last year's hosts.

Billy himself has admitted that he realized he should come back when Melissa Leo said "fuck" and the hosts didn't respond with a single word.

Hopefully Christopher Plummer will say fuck!



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Southern Dave
Southern Dave

The key phrase is "Billy Crystal can think on his feet."

Of course he can: he's an actor on stage, screen and TV; a comedian, a HUMORIST.

Octavia Spencer fan.
Octavia Spencer fan.

I am so happy he is the host. He is funny, interesting and nice. A Class act. I hope Octavia Spencer wins otherwise she might back the voters some chocolate pie.

Topsyturvy8
Topsyturvy8

I remember the year after Letterman hosted, he filmed a bit about how he ran the Oprah/Uma thing into the ground.  I hope that there is a similiar reference to the awful/awkwardness of the Franco-Hathaway pairing and that they both are in the gag.  (For the record I liked Letterman as host).

BetteD
BetteD

Bring back Johnny Carson!

Jay Schiavone
Jay Schiavone

Reminds me a bit of the time when the White House Correspondents' Dinner followed up Stephen Colbert with Rich Little.  I have seen part of America's Sweethearts so I can appreciate how gut-bustingly hilarious Billy Crystal can be.  I might add that I would just as soon listen to Christopher Plummer saying fuck.  And he will, when he is passed over, yet again.

Trophyboy
Trophyboy

Billy will be funny but he won't grab ratings.

Devore
Devore

"I want to fuckin' thank the Academy."

Trophyboy
Trophyboy

Who do you think will win? Max von Sydow?

Jay Schiavone
Jay Schiavone

I have it on excellent authority that Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow are the same person.  However, as Julie Christie and others will attest, the Academy doesn't reflexively select the oldest nominee in the category anymore (remember Art Carney, George Burns, etc.)  Plummer got bumped by upstart Christoph Waltz in the last matchup, so he might gain some sympathy.  But recall that Peter O'Toole was stiffed for, like, the eighth time; but it was right after he got one of those sad "Lifetime (as in the network) Achievement trophies.  Whenever somebody gets that dubious distinction, they invariably protest that they still may yet get a real award.  In the incredible instance when O'Toole was actually nominated again, he was pushed aside for someone bankable (and I don't recall who it was).  I see Brad Pitt doing the PR circuit to help facilitate his award (plus, he had another "serious" role last year)  and the Moneyball script was penned by Andrew Sorkin, last year's screenplay adaptation winner.  What I am afraid to say is, Jonah Hill has enjoyed unusually good fortune in his very few years in the biz, leaving aside whatever talent he may (or may not) possess.  He can sell a screenplay just by having his agent pick up the phone.  He doesn't even have to write it.  In my opinion, if this is Brad Pitt's year, then Jonah will ride his coattails.

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