Big news! On the heels of director Brett Ratner’s resignation as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards, host Eddie Murphy has quit the gig as well. (Murphy, FYI, stars in Ratner’s movie “Tower Heist,” and the two are buds.) Ratner stepped down after taking heat for making controversial and homophobic comments while promoting “Tower Heist.” In a statement, Murphy didn’t really explain himself, but did say, “I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.” [Newser]
Whatever, consider us kind of excited! After all, we were never psyched about Murphy being tapped as host anyway It’s not 1987. In fact, it’s not even 1996, when Eddie staged his comeback with “The Nutty Professor.” So, while the Academy now has only a couple months to fill both roles, we think this is an excellent opportunity for them to actually hire someone fresh for the job, so that the broadcast doesn’t seem so stuck in the past. Naturally, we have some suggestions … After the jump, some folks we think would actually have been great Oscar hosts.
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I have had a total crush on Casey Affleck ever since he played the dimwitted friend in Good Will Hunting alongside Matt Damon, brother Ben, and Cole Hauser. Since then, he’s totally come into his own as an actor, getting a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and as a man. Now a leading hottie with a wife (indie cutie Summer Phoenix) and his second child on the way, we’re pretty sure he’s the hotter Affleck — little brother’s revenge! Keep reading »