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In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I chew over many things, from the AFI FEST debut of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" to German Oscar entry "Pina"'s chances in the doc race and China's submission Zhang Yimou's "Flowers of War" landing a year-end release, but mainly we hash out the dramatic changes at the Academy Awards show this week. Gone are Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, while AMPAS president Tom Sherak wasted no time accepting "Tower Heist" producer Brian Grazer's offer to produce. Soon after Billy Crystal tweeted that he was hosting, the Academy confirmed the news--and put the tweet into its official announcement. Onward.

Next week: Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin."

Here's the podcast.