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Week in review: Academy Awards implosion [video]

November 11, 2011 |  5:29 pm


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been in crisis management mode this week with the ousting of Brett Ratner, who had been set to produce the 2012 Oscar telecast with Don Mischer, and the subsequent departure of Ratner's handpicked host, Eddie Murphy. The academy leadership quickly replaced the duo with a much more conventional pairing: producer Brian Grazer and veteran host Billy Crystal.

The Times' Nicole Sperling and Steve Zeitchik discuss this week's turmoil at the academy and comment on what the new guard means for an organization that continually has tried to appeal to a younger demographic, only to see its attempts backfire.



Oscars not lacking for excitement

Billy Crystal steps in to host the 2012 Oscars show

Brett Ratner quits Oscars after using anti-gay slur

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Billy Crystal poses with the the iconic Oscar statues Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

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