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Billy Crystal hosting the Oscars; makes announcement on Twitter

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Tribute To Sophia Loren

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Actor Billy Crystal arrives to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to Sophia Loren on May 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

So, Billy Crystal is hosting the Oscars. This follows Eddie Murphy pulling out after producer Brett Ratner, who Murphy is close friends with, made controversial remarks about gays and stepped down.

Crystal made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show."

The Academy later confirmed that this was, in fact, happening, and not just Crystal having fun with Twitter.

It's an interesting contrast to make an announcement like this on Twitter on the same day Ashton Kutcher pulled back from his longtime relationship with Twitter after accidentally posting something defending Penn State coach Joe Paterno without knowing the full story about the allegations against Paterno and his staff. Kutcher explained that his management team would be handling his tweeting, as he didn't like the fact that he couldn't be as off the cuff on Twitter as he wanted to be.

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Steve Martin offers some friendly Oscars hosting advice to Eddie Murphy

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Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy star in the 1999 movie Bowfinger.

Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars next year. We talked recently about skepticism over Murphy being chosen to host. Apparently Murphy's good pal Steve Martin wants to make sure Murphy delivers on the big night, so he wrote this essay for Funny Or Die, "Some Oscar Hosting Advice to Eddie Murphy."

My favorite bits:

"The losers can feel very sad, so when you’re backstage with them, pat their backs, then shake your head sadly. It’s a blast!"

"If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him."

"Remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 livebloggers rip you to shreds."

He also offers a nice commentary on celebrity in closing:

"Eddie, since you and I are old friends, and I sincerely thought you deserved an Oscar nomination for BOWFINGER, the movie we did together that stands alone in comedy history, from which we got no credit or acknowledgement except large paychecks and drivers and any type of food we wanted delivered to us every day in our really nice trailers, I wish you all the best on your Oscar hosting gig."

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