POLL: What Do You Think of Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy Quitting the Oscar Telecast?

Over the past several years it seems that more of the Academy’s major decisions have been greeted with criticism and skepticism rather than praise. There was confusion when they increased the number of Best Picture nominees to ten, annoyance when they refused to solidify rules for Best Song and Foreign Film, and general apathy when they changed the number of Best Picture nominees to an arbitrary number between 5 and 10. However, some of the biggest controversy has surrounded the handling of their telecast.

Earlier this year it was announced that action comedy director and over-confident loudmouth Brett Ratner would be producing the 2012 Oscar Ceremony. Ratner promised to live up to the prestigious standards of the occasion and shortly after announced the hiring of Eddie Murphy as the host for the annual event. Never one to hold his tongue, Ratner caused controversy over the weekend when he responded to a reporter’s question about rehearsals with the trite and telling statement: “rehearsals are for fags.” Outrage across the internet erupted followed by calls to have him fired from the Oscars. On Monday, the Academy made the baffling announcement that they would not be firing Ratner because he was willing to apologize for the statement. One day later, Ratner resigned.

Questions began swirling about what effect this would have on Eddie Murphy as the show’s host, and unsurprisingly it was announced within 24 hours that he would also be stepping down. A few hours after that it was announced that Oscar winning producer Brian Grazer would be stepping in to fill Ratner’s vacancy. The whole ordeal has dominated almost all of the coverage on Oscar sites over the past two days and has inspired this week’s poll question: What do you think of Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy quitting the Oscar telecast?

I have a feeling the results will be no surprise and that one option will dominate the rest. I am also curious to know who you would like to see replace Eddie Murphy as the new host. I stated on Twitter that I think Bridesmaids‘ Melissa McCarthy would be an ideal candidate and I make my case on this week’s Film Misery Podcast. Share who you think would be a good replacement along with any thoughts you have on Ratnergate in the comments.

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  • It’s great! Now we can get somebody good. :P

    and yes Alex even i think Melissa McCarthy should host now :)

  • Not to knock down a candidate, but I don’t think Melissa McCarthy has the right energy for the show. She’s great, but I think she needs more time to marinate than the mere months since “Bridesmaids” brought her to our attention.

    I’m pushing for The Muppets, although I acknowledge that the producers are going to choose who they choose, and the odds are somewhat against it. But Grazer and Mischer have to have heard about it by now. One hopes that they make the right decision on this one, and don’t cling to the idea of a telecast that doesn’t really exist anymore.

  • Meghan

    I hope either Billy Crystal or Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Oscars.

    • It was just confirmed that Crystal will be hosting. I’ve missed him oh so much…

  • Joseph Bridges

    I’m more or less indifferent to the whole situation. Every year people complain about the Oscars show and how lame it is, but everyone still seems to watch for some reason. I don’t care who the host is or who produces the show.

    Here is the typical Oscar show:
    1)Welcome monologue with some bad jokes and puns.
    2)Here are a few awards the no one in general America cares about.
    3)Here are some more bad jokes and puns.
    4)Dance and song number from the host that is mildly entertaining.
    5)This is who died this year and why they are important.
    6)Some more bad jokes
    7)These awards are for the people who we probably have snubbed in years past, but now they “deserve” these awards for their current work.
    8)And the Best Picture winner is….

    That general format has not changed in decades and makes for a generic show. I watch every year for the rare random thing like Benigni walking over rows, a film winning out of nowhere, or a joke that is actually funny that may add some spice to an otherwise lifeless show. All award shows are boring. That’s why the Grammy’s pretty much gave up on handing out awards on air and made the show a couple of hours of bands performing.

    • It sounds like what the show basically needs is Ricky Gervais to offend people and generally mess with the formula.

  • Angel.

    Im glad…
    Brett Ratner…well, he kinda sucks.

  • Jose

    Well, I don’t know which one to vote for. I think its great that Ratner stepped down, but I actually wanted to see what Murphy would do at the Oscars. There’s no option for that.

    And Duncan, yeah I also wanted The Muppets to host, they went for the obvious choice of Billy Crystal, there’s nothing wrong with that since I love him and I’m sure everyone agrees, but it’s a too safe choice IMO.

  • Billy Crystal …… hahaha Good old times :P

  • I am happy that they chose Billy Crystal to host, but I wanted me some muppets. Haha.

  • Call me negative – but I do not like Billy Crystal. Dont like him as an actor and never loved him as an Oscar host (i know everyone under the sun does).

    I would prefer the muppets as well – what a great idea

    OR

    Ricky Gervais
    Melissa McCarthy
    Kristin Wiig
    Mo’Nique

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