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The Testosterone Driven Oscars

by Melissa Silverstein
September 7, 2011 3:23 AM
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When I first read the Brett Ratner was going to produce the Oscars I let out a big sigh. Brett is not known for his gender sensitivity. He's best known for the Rush Hour movies and I remember him from his cameo on Entourage where he played himself and came off as a younger version of Hugh Hefner -- a dude with a lot of gorgeous women in various stage of undress hanging around his house.

He has made a fortune directing very profitable commercial films, not Oscar type films. His latest film Tower Heist comes out in November and it stars guess who- Eddie Murphy who was just announced yesterday as the host of the Oscars next February.

I'm all for an African American host. The show so needs diversity. Chris Rock was the last African American host and that was in 2004. Before him Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Oscars four times, the last time being 2001.

The consensus was that last year's youth experiment with James Franco and Anne Hathaway was a disaster. Franco looked like he didn't want to be there and poor Anne overcompensated for him and seemed a bit out of control. Watching them was watching a first date go horribly wrong. You know that date where the chemistry isn't there and one person is silent and the other never stops talking cause then the silence would engulf them both?

But really Academy. Did you have to go so far in the opposite direction? I was really happy when Dawn Hudson was named the head of the Academy. And while I know she just started her job, my question is, will her first Academy Awards show be the most testosterone driven show in history?

I hope they don't forget that the Academy Awards is still called the Super Bowl for women cause for us, it is our big event of the year.
Eddie Murphy to host Oscars and I'm not delirious about it (LA Times)

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  • Amy | September 7, 2011 5:19 AMReply

    I don't think Eddie Murphy is a bad choice, he was the go-to guy on SNL when they needed to fill time and he's good at reading the audience from his stand-up days. I also have a lot of respect for him for his 1988 rant at the Academy Awards telling them that at the rate they were going for recognizing African American performers, the next award would be in 2004. Anyone who calls BS on the establishment's prejudices at the risk of career fallout is pretty good in my book.

  • Angela Jolie | September 7, 2011 3:54 AMReply

    I wish Eddie Murphy would do movies for adults again like he used to and ceases doing children’s films. It would be sad and disappointing if he doesn’t.
    Everyone is ready to give up on him. He has alienated his fanbase for years and has seemingly gone out of his way to make lousy children’s movies, with only the occasional film for adults once in a while.

  • budmin | September 7, 2011 3:42 AMReply

    I think they'd like to try and advance their target demographic beyond women and gay Men. This is a business endeavor after all.

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