Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced as Oscarcast producers

Posted by · 5:01 pm · August 4th, 2011

Is this the day the earth stood still? Eesh. Via AMPAS release:

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced today. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row serve as a producer and as the telecast director.

“I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show,” said Sherak. “He has an incredible love of film and its history and is a true student of the business of movies. He’s unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks that are both interesting and inspiring. Together with Don Mischer – who, by the way, just earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the 83rd Academy Awards – I think these two will give us a fantastic Oscar show that you won’t want to miss.”




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  • 1 8-04-2011 at 5:10 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ugh, this smacks of yet another desperate attempt to make the ceremony “young” and “hip” (inasmuch as the Academy understands either of those words). When will they learn?

    Actually, the hiring of Ratner isn’t as galling as the fact that Mischer has somehow retained the gig after this year’s debacle of a ceremony. I love how Sherak brags that the 83rd ceremony was Emmy-nominated — as if the Emmys don’t nominate the Oscars by default every single year, regardless of how adept or inept that year’s ceremony was.

  • 2 8-04-2011 at 5:13 pm

    Mitchell said...

    And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to TOWER HEIST!!! WOOOO!!!

  • 3 8-04-2011 at 5:13 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    “‘I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show,’ said Sherak. ‘He has an incredible love of film and its history and is a true student of the business of movies. He’s unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks that are both interesting and inspiring.'”

    I feel like Lowell Bergman right now – is this Alice in Wonderland?

  • 4 8-04-2011 at 5:31 pm

    Loyal said...

    This is HILARIOUS.

    Maybe Eddie Murphy or Ben Stiller will host (Tower Heist tie in).

  • 5 8-04-2011 at 5:37 pm

    Drew said...

    wtf

  • 6 8-04-2011 at 5:42 pm

    The Dude said...

    If we’re gonna go with director’s who are more “in-tune” with the popular masses, why Ratner (ugh)? Why not Michael Bay? At least then we’d get some awesome FX. I can see it now…

    …”and the Oscar for best actress goes to…Glenn Close!” ***KABOOM-FIREWORKS-KABOOM***

    I don’t like Bay as a director, but I won’t lie…I’d pay money to see wtf he would do with the Oscar telecast.

  • 7 8-04-2011 at 5:55 pm

    Maxim said...

    I think Ratner is the most underrated capable director working currently. I’m sure he’ll do more than great.

    As for the last year’s ceremony, Mischer isn’t the worst offender. It’s the host James Franco.

  • 8 8-04-2011 at 6:04 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Franco was fine. Hosting the Oscars should be left to comics only.

  • 9 8-04-2011 at 6:06 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Franco was a terrible host, sure. But the fact that he was the visible face of the ceremony makes him, along with Hathaway, an easy scapegoat for a range of deep-seated problems with the show that he had nothing to do with. You can’t blame the hosts for the show’s inert pacing, haphazard structure and bizarrely botched attempts at thematic continuity. It was a wretched production, and as such, the producer (who, after all, shares responsibility for picking the unsuccessful hosts) should take the fall.

  • 10 8-04-2011 at 6:15 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    ^^^

    That.

  • 11 8-04-2011 at 6:49 pm

    DylanS said...

    Why can’t we just have Bill Condon produce and Hugh Jackman host again. I thought that was the most compelling Oscar telecast in as long (not very) since I’ve been watching them, even though we all new Slumdog was walking away with it, that tells you a lot about how well it was done.

  • 12 8-04-2011 at 7:40 pm

    Speaking English said...

    There’s obviously a good reason they don’t get the producers of very successful ceremonies to keep producing each year, right?

    … Right?

  • 13 8-04-2011 at 8:18 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    So, does that mean Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan can co-host…..

  • 14 8-04-2011 at 8:42 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Tom Sherak and AMPAS are simply too scared to take any real chances. They’re lame, the producers they choose are lame and thus the Oscar telecast will once again be lame.

    Let’s hope the Globes bring back Ricky Gervais.

  • 15 8-04-2011 at 10:56 pm

    red_wine said...

    This year’s show was legendarily horrendous. The worst show in living memory.

    Even the Cannes ceremony was better, dorky but fun, like always.

  • 16 8-05-2011 at 6:43 am

    Mike_M said...

    Wow, not looking good.

  • 17 8-05-2011 at 7:05 am

    Glenn said...

    I think the word everyone is looking for is “LOL”. Then O_O