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This year's Oscars to be produced by...Brett Ratner?

08.05.2011

I may have had a bit of faith restored in Brett Ratner after the rather good TOWER HEIST trailer last week, but to jump from that to putting the man in charge of the Oscars? What the hell?

As it turns out, even Ratner couldn't believe it:

"I had no idea. But Tom Sherak called me two weeks ago to come see him in his office. And I walk in and Tom is there with Dawn Hudson. And I thought I was being kicked out of Academy. I thought my maid had started bootlegging my Academy DVDs and I would be escorted out of the building and asked to relinquish my Academy cards."

But no, they asked him if he would produce this year's Oscars, and after going back and watching a lot of past telecasts, he reportedly called them up and said "I can do this. I'm really excited"

Despite not being a big Ratner fan, my conclusion to this news is "Why the hell not?" The Oscars seem to be getting worse every year, and if someone is going to come in and try to shake things up, I'm all for it. I'll be very curious to see who hosts this year, and I bet they'll go back to a standard comedian over an actor as last year's Franco/Hathaway combo was something of a disaster. I would vote for Ratner's old friend Jackie Chan. Tell me that wouldn't be amazing. Read more about the Ratner deal here at Deadline.

What do YOU want to see from the Oscars this year?

Extra Tidbit: Get rid of this moronic 10 Best Picture nominee thing. Every year you will just disappoint all the regular Joes who think their movie has a prayer of winning.
Source: Deadline

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11:44AM on 08/08/2011

F**K THAT!

Hollywood is better off investing money in another Rush Hour movie.
Hollywood is better off investing money in another Rush Hour movie.
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10:05AM on 08/07/2011
That's the closest he will ever get to an oscar.
That's the closest he will ever get to an oscar.
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12:49PM on 08/06/2011
So then they're gonna suck ass then! fuck brett rattner!
fucking hack!
So then they're gonna suck ass then! fuck brett rattner!
fucking hack!
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11:17AM on 08/06/2011
I just barfed on my Louboutins.
I just barfed on my Louboutins.
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10:15AM on 08/06/2011

Oscar Host

Id really like to see Robin Williams as the host.
Id really like to see Robin Williams as the host.
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4:27AM on 08/06/2011
Jesus, who cares who produces the Oscars?!
I hate Ratner - and it's funny btw how Michael Bay (actual someone who knows something about visuals) gets more hate than this guy - but again, who cares who produces the show.
Jesus, who cares who produces the Oscars?!
I hate Ratner - and it's funny btw how Michael Bay (actual someone who knows something about visuals) gets more hate than this guy - but again, who cares who produces the show.
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3:47PM on 08/06/2011
That's not actually true. Ratner's just been taking a break, and Bay's been breaking records. So the more visible one gets more shit.
That's not actually true. Ratner's just been taking a break, and Bay's been breaking records. So the more visible one gets more shit.
11:45PM on 08/05/2011
To be honest I work late I haven't seen an Oscars telecast in years. So I guess I'll just hear if he sucked from this website.
To be honest I work late I haven't seen an Oscars telecast in years. So I guess I'll just hear if he sucked from this website.
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9:32PM on 08/05/2011
I don't care who produces the Oscars. I would like to see Billy Crystal come back and host them though.
I don't care who produces the Oscars. I would like to see Billy Crystal come back and host them though.
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8:33PM on 08/05/2011

Ha, ha, ha

It's as close he'll get to an Oscar.

Why the hell not?
It's as close he'll get to an Oscar.

Why the hell not?
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6:12PM on 08/05/2011
Desperation is a stinky monkey.
Desperation is a stinky monkey.
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5:11PM on 08/05/2011

Extra Tidbit

Just FYI, but they already did get rid of the 10 best picture number. They announced it a couple weeks ago. I believe it's now set to be something between 5 and 10, but no one knows the exact number until nominations are announced.

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Just FYI, but they already did get rid of the 10 best picture number. They announced it a couple weeks ago. I believe it's now set to be something between 5 and 10, but no one knows the exact number until nominations are announced.

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4:37PM on 08/05/2011

Mark Your Calendars

for the most IRONIC night of the year!
for the most IRONIC night of the year!
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4:20PM on 08/05/2011

Dear Mr. Tassi

Jackie Chan as a host would NOT be amazing.

That is all.
Jackie Chan as a host would NOT be amazing.

That is all.
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4:03PM on 08/05/2011
Louis CK should host that bitch, turn it sideways, and jam it up all the megalomaniac asses in that joint.
Louis CK should host that bitch, turn it sideways, and jam it up all the megalomaniac asses in that joint.
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3:20PM on 08/05/2011
Does it really matter? I couldn't tell you who produced a single Oscars telecast EVER. Some years have just been lamer than others.
Does it really matter? I couldn't tell you who produced a single Oscars telecast EVER. Some years have just been lamer than others.
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3:06PM on 08/05/2011

Okay

I do have a special place in my heart for After the Sunset, and have liked the majority of his work. He should do a good job.
I do have a special place in my heart for After the Sunset, and have liked the majority of his work. He should do a good job.
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2:33PM on 08/05/2011
He probably have guests appearing out of nowhere like how Magneto ended up meeting Prof. X at Jean Grey's house in X-Men 3.
He probably have guests appearing out of nowhere like how Magneto ended up meeting Prof. X at Jean Grey's house in X-Men 3.
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1:33PM on 08/05/2011
The Oscars are all about lame jokes, constant celebrity name-dropping, and shallow, parasitic red carpet douchebags. Perfect fit for Ratner.
The Oscars are all about lame jokes, constant celebrity name-dropping, and shallow, parasitic red carpet douchebags. Perfect fit for Ratner.
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4:03PM on 08/05/2011
Well said!
Well said!
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1:25PM on 08/05/2011
Tower Heist, now this. You thinking what I'm thinking? Eddie fucking Murphy Raw style! It's been far too long since his last stand-up routine.

As for the ET: They are going away from that format. Now the number of nominees will vary each year, depending on who gets the minimum amount of votes to be considered for the award
Tower Heist, now this. You thinking what I'm thinking? Eddie fucking Murphy Raw style! It's been far too long since his last stand-up routine.

As for the ET: They are going away from that format. Now the number of nominees will vary each year, depending on who gets the minimum amount of votes to be considered for the award
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2:26PM on 08/05/2011
I coul get behind Murphy hosting, though I would actually love to see Conan O'Brien take a crack at it. He did an awesome job at the Emmys a couple of years back!
I coul get behind Murphy hosting, though I would actually love to see Conan O'Brien take a crack at it. He did an awesome job at the Emmys a couple of years back!
1:12PM on 08/05/2011
How does Brett Ratner continue to get work. He's no Uwe Boll but, there is absolutely nothing remarkable or memorable about any of his movies. He's the litmus of generic filmmakers.
How does Brett Ratner continue to get work. He's no Uwe Boll but, there is absolutely nothing remarkable or memorable about any of his movies. He's the litmus of generic filmmakers.
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2:00PM on 08/05/2011
Execs don't give two shits about "remarkable or memorable", they are interested in $$ which his movies make.
Execs don't give two shits about "remarkable or memorable", they are interested in $$ which his movies make.
3:59PM on 08/05/2011
Good point, Dave. Sad but true.
Good point, Dave. Sad but true.
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12:32PM on 08/05/2011
They already did sort of get rid of the ten Best Picture nominee thing. They changed up the rules again to where a film needs to get 5% of first place votes in order to get a BP nomination which could result in a slate of anywhere from 5-10 films. So ten nominees is still possible, it's just less likely now. I guess The Academy also realized it was pretty stupid to have ten nominees when there usually aren't that many deserving films in one year. Here's the joblo article from back in
They already did sort of get rid of the ten Best Picture nominee thing. They changed up the rules again to where a film needs to get 5% of first place votes in order to get a BP nomination which could result in a slate of anywhere from 5-10 films. So ten nominees is still possible, it's just less likely now. I guess The Academy also realized it was pretty stupid to have ten nominees when there usually aren't that many deserving films in one year. Here's the joblo article from back in June:

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12:27PM on 08/05/2011
Chris Tucker as host.... that is all.
Chris Tucker as host.... that is all.
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2:27PM on 08/05/2011
GOD no...
GOD no...
11:33AM on 08/05/2011

Chris Rock returning as host.

Is that too much to ask?
Is that too much to ask?
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