The Academy has officially announced they have found a replacement for Brett Ratner as Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will join Don Mischer as a producer of the 2012 Oscars.
Academy President Tom Sherak was quoted in the press release saying, “Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work. He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars.”
Of course, there is no mention of Ratner in the release, with Grazer adding, “It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career. Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him.”
Interestingly enough, Grazer was one of the producer’s on Ratner’s Tower Heist and there have already been hints that the Academy wants him to try and get Eddie Murphy back as the host of the show, though I have a hard time believing Murphy would leave only to immediately come back.
As for other suggestions, Twitter has been buzzing with people wanting the Muppets to host the Oscars, Ricky Gervais has chimed in and, as I mentioned when Murphy departed, Billy Crystal is on the tip of everyone’s tongues.
I won’t begin to speculate how it will all shape out, but at least the ship appears to be righting itself as I’m sure Grazer’s clout in Hollywood will get things moving sooner rather than later.
The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, and as has become tradition around these parts I will be live-blogging the event once again with live winners and commentary. If you missed my coverage last year you can click here to see how it all went down.