OSCARS: Brian Grazer Will Step Into Breach And Produce 84th Academy Awards

The Academy Of Motion Pictures & Arts Sciences just made official what Deadline reported first: that Hollywood A-lister Brian Grazer will produce the 84th Academy Awards with TV veteran Don Mischer. And there’s more news on this fast-breaking story: As much as the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hoped that Eddie Murphy would reconsider his exit as host, insiders tell me that Imagine Entertainment co-founder Brian Grazer has moved on this afternoon. ”We are not going back to him. No way,” they say. Grazer, co-founder of Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard, first told Hollywood around 1 PM that he committed to the gig. The Academy now owes Brian big-time for stepping into the breach left when Brett Ratner exited because of the scandal which the director created around himself. Immediately, Grazer began calling around town looking for an Oscar host and speed-dialed the top agencies checking availabilities for big talent. (See HAMMOND: Eddie’s Exit Throws Oscars Into Further Chaos; So Who Should Host Now?)

For Grazer to take on the Oscars demonstrates a dedication to the movie community that the Academy won’t soon forget. Grazer’s name frequently comes up for the Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award, the most coveted Oscar honor for anyone in Hollywood, and the producer almost received it for the 76th annual Oscars. So maybe sooner rather than later it should be Grazer’s turn for the Thalberg.

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy President Tom Sherak announced today that Academy Award®-winner Brian Grazer will join Don Mischer as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards. This will be the first time Grazer has produced the Oscar® telecast.

“Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” said Sherak. “He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars®.”

“I am thrilled to welcome Brian Grazer as my partner and that we will be collaborating to produce an outstanding show,” echoed Mischer.

“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,” said Grazer. “Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him.”

“I too am delighted that Brian will join Don in producing the Academy Awards and I am looking forward to our producers delivering the movie event of the year,” commented Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

Grazer has earned four Academy Award nominations. He won a Best Picture Oscar in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind.” In 1984, Grazer was nominated in the writing category for “Splash,” and he received Best Picture nominations in 1995 and 2008 for “Apollo 13” and “Frost/Nixon,” respectively. His other film credits include “Spies Like Us,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Liar Liar,” “8 Mile” and “Cinderella Man.” His current projects include the about to be released “J. Edgar” and the just released “Tower Heist.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

    1. People who keep calling out for Billy Crystal should be forced to watch his last few movies on a loop with their eyelids glued open.

      1. Never liked him in movies. Loved him as Oscar host. Just because he’s grating in movies doesn’t mean he’s grating everywhere.

      2. what does that have to do with hosting? so now the pre requisite in your little world is they have to star in movies that you find wonderful?


    1. The Muppets would be great!

      For about 15 minutes.

      For 3 hours? No thanks. Like so many SNL stars trying to make it in the movies, some things are better in small doses.

    2. The muppets would make for a great opener, or here is an additional thought bring out all the former runners up and change em up at each commercial, they can state their case why they didnt win or something funny like that.. or choose that window of time for the next emergency broadcast system…kidding

  1. As much as Brian is kinda ridiculous sometimes it still reminds me of the time Mace Neufeld replaced Alec Baldwin with Harrison Ford for his Clancy franchise when Alec became unruly. We’re in the big leagues now.

    1. Because it’s a terrible idea. Why is Grazer doing this? It’s way too much work and risk for very little gain. He won’t last. Mischer will probably kill him before this nightmare is over.

  2. Could they get someone who draws a bit of a younger audience and might play with the format a little? Lonely Island Guys? Conan?

      1. Oh gawd. Can we stop with the Tina Fey takeover of the world already? Geez. Yes, she’s talented and funny – but so are a hundred other entertainers! It’s gotten to the point where once someone becomes celebrated we have to see them simply everywhere, all the time. Oy.

        A little originality please!

    1. Screw that. The younger audience will show up for funny. We don’t need someone who’s been famous for five minutes to suck up to some demographic. That’s how you make a bomb. Here’s your answer:

      John Cleese
      Terry Gilliam
      Eric Idle
      Terry Jones
      Michael Palin
      The Late Graham Chapman

      From the moment the five of them walk out on stage wearing tuxes and rolling along a casket with Graham Chapman’s picture on top, it will be the best Oscars ever. The award for best costume alone will be worth it, when each Python comes out wearing one of the nominated dresses.

      And now for something completely different…

    2. Pattooey! Conan? Noe-wayyy. If you’re going that route, get Craig Ferguson – he works blue, but at least he can think on his feet.

  3. Damn, someone beat me to it! Tom Hanks should host. Grazer and Hanks have what I would assume is a good relationship, what with making a few movies together. Hanks would be just the kind of class the Oscars needs to put this mess behind it. He might not be the biggest star anymore, but audiences would still tune in to see him at a higher rate than Billy Crystal or Eddie Murphy I would think.

  4. Grazer is a good choice if for no other reason than his relationships in the industry. The sad part is that counts for a lot when producing the Oscars.

  5. I think it’s safe to say that the people in those 200 countries worldwide would UNIVERSALLY love to watch the Muppets take on the task.

  6. Well, they certainly have the comedy bases covered by having the two biggest jokes in Hollywood producing the show…

  7. If we can unshackle ourselves from the idea that it must be a comedian, now that Grazer’s producing, why not Ron Howard to host? He has the acting background, is charming, is Hollywood royalty, and if we wish and hope hard enough, we could work in some “Arrested Development” gags.

  8. Hey Deadline, thanks for keeping us up to date on all the events. Entertainment Tonight mentioned how Bret Ratner said the gay comment but E.T. completely ignored Olivia Munn. Probably because she’s a nobody drama-queen d-bag and the fact that she said more crude things about Ratner first. Anyways, she’s black listed before she made it.

    I hope we get Eddie Murphy. It would be great to see Eddie on stage again. Bring the leather suit.

  9. Brian Grazer isn’t funny. He hasn’t produced a comedy in 11 years. He doesn’t know funny. His accomplishments as a producer aside, why would you go to him, when the last many years were SOOOO unfunny. You need a producer who knows how to do comedies.

    1. It’s a safe bet Grazer will have his stooge Rosenberg working overtime trying to gracefully extricate him from this gig, once he realizes what he’s gotten himself into…

    1. As much as I’d love for this to happen Chappell is just way too cool for this audience. It’s beneath him, frankly.

  10. Stephen Fry would make an excellent host. He has the ability to poke fun at people without it coming across offensive while still being hysterical. And he’s hosted a number of award shows.

  11. Lady Gaga with nominees as her little monsters. She’d work herself to exhaustion from now to the broadcast and pull off some kind of Cleopatra comes to Rome apocalypse. I’d watch it.

  12. I think Jimmy Fallon did a great job hosting the Emmy’s last year. He would do an excellent job hosting the Oscars as well.

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