New York Magazine
Date: 2011-11-11
Author: Kyle Buchanan

Article Mentions
Author, Kyle Buchanan
Mentioned, Anne Hathaway
Mentioned, Brett Ratner
Mentioned, Billy Crystal
Mentioned, Neil Patrick Harris
Mentioned, James Franco
Mentioned, Viola Davis
Mentioned, Whoopi Goldberg
Mentioned, Eddie Murphy
Mentioned, Octavia Spencer
Mentioned, Marilyn Monroe
Mentioned, Academy Awards
In the recent past, the Academy has placed a premium on finding outside-the-box Oscar hosts, but after experimenting with James Franco, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Murphy to disastrous returns, this week has brought us the return of Billy Crystal, who's hosted eight times before. For Academy members left shaken by the Brett Ratner brouhaha, the choice is a good, safe one, since now they know exactly what they're going to get. Still, it's been several years since Crystal last hosted the Oscars; is it time for him to change things up a little? After reviewing his past performances, here are the three strengths we think he should play to, as well as three recurring bits he may want to revamp.GOOD: What the stars are thinking It's one of Crystal's...(read more)
... In the recent past, the Academy has placed a premium on finding outside-the-box Oscar hosts, but after experimenting with James Franco, Anne Hathaway, ...
... and Eddie Murphy to disastrous returns, this week has brought us the return of Billy Crystal, who's hosted eight times before. For Academy members left shaken by the Brett Ratner ...
... brouhaha, the choice is a good, safe one, since now they know exactly what they're going to get. Still, it's been several years since Crystal last hosted the Oscars; is it time for him to change things up a little? After reviewing his past performanc ...
... doing his "black person" voice But Billy? Please stop with the funny voice when you're narrating a black person's thoughts. (Especially with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in the mix this year.) GOOD: Splicing Crystal into the year in movies The Osc ...
... has taken this shtick and run with it in a genuinely dazzling way. After watching Harris deliver a hilarious, hastily written rapid-fire rap to close out the Tonys and simply crushing it, can we really go back to Crystal's "Oscar, Oscar" ditty an ...


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