Let’s be honest — Anne Hathaway and James Franco were an epic fail as hosts! Billy Crystal will rock as the 2012 host!
Just the way Billy Crystal announced that he had accepted the gig as Oscar host proves that he will bring glory back to the Oscar hosting gig.
“Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up prescriptions. Looking forward to the show,” he tweeted 36 minutes ago (as I write).
Hilarious! Off the cuff and yet utterly professional. Billy knows he can crack up 37 million people who will be tuning in from across the country.
And unlike the miserably miscast Anne Hathaway, he can do it without 10 costume changes.
I have complete faith that Billy–who has already hosted this Oscar gig eight times–can show up in his tux and comfortably, humorously steer us through the endless awards and dance interludes.
When he turned up halfway through last year’s show, I was hoping the producers would beg him to stay on the podium and get out the hook for Anne and James.
That’s because the two actors feebly trying to carry the show were so out of their depth, that the broadcast was becoming uncomfortable to watch.
Billy’s appearance was like chicken soup and a warm blanket. And when he finished his schtick, it was clear that that’s what we needed–more schtick!
There’s a reason that Billy, Bob Hope and Jon Stewart WORKED as Oscar hosts. They had their own funny schticks! Awkward should not be part of the Oscar host job description!
So thanks Billy for quickly replacing Eddie Murphy who resigned from the Oscar hosting gig yesterday. His loss is our gain!
Billy Crystal rules!