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Entertainment Weekly Oscars Issue

Billy Crystal Covers Entertainment Weekly’s Annual Oscar Issue

Entertainment Weekly Oscars IssueBilly Crystal is returning as the Oscar emcee for the eighth time tonight, but he’s not about to make the same foibles others have in recent years.

Some may enjoy the celebrity assault Ricky Gervais mounted while hosting the Golden Globes, but this year’s Academy Awards host Billy Crystal isn’t one of them. Covering Entertainment Weekly‘s annual Oscar Issue, the actor says, “That whole concept of ‘I want to really go after people’–I don’t understand that. Is it a roast or is it an awards show? Do you dislike these people?” Ahem, Mr. Gervais?

But before the Hollywood elite breathe a complete sigh of relief, they should know that Crystal doesn’t want them to get too comfortable. While Crystal, returning to the gig 21 years after his Oscar hosting debut, uses a “different bar” as a host, he’s not opposed to a friendly jab now and then. “If there’s a good target and they deserve it, you can kid them in the right way,” he says. “But it’s not the place to go out there and hammer people, because who am I? There’s many times we’ve kicked out jokes because they were too personal.”

It seems the eight-time Academy Award emcee  wants to have a good time but not at the expense of the nominees. After all, the comedian-turned-actor has also been a die-hard fan of the show itself since he was six or seven years old.  He recalls, “When I would first watch it … I very rarely could stay up until the Best Picture award, so my mother would write down who won and when I came into the kitchen the next morning, the list of winners would be in my cereal bowl.”

A host who’s just as big of a fan as we are? How fantastic is that? So much better than last year when Anne Hathaway tried to will fellow Oscar host James Franco into enjoying the night. But no amount of dress changes or Cheshire cat grins could win him (or their critical audience) over. For that reason, the expectation for this year’s show to be great is certainly high, to which Crystal simply says, “I’ve got to deliver.”

Will you be watching the Academy Awards tonight? How do you feel about Billy Crystal returning as the host? Which film deserves the Best Picture crown in your opinion?

Ricky Gervais promo poster for 2011 Golden Globe Awards on NBC

Why the Most Hated Host in Hollywood Is Back

Ricky Gervais promo poster for 2011 Golden Globe Awards on NBC

It's clear from this promotional ad for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards that NBC knows exactly what they will get from having controversial comedian Ricky Gervais as host: ratings. Gervais will return to host the awards show for a third time in January 2012.

Comedian Ricky Gervais ruffled quite a few A-lister’s feathers as host of last year’s Golden Globe Awards. But there’s one big reason why he’s returning.

It was recently announced that controversial comedian Ricky Gervais will have another shot at verbally annihilating the biggest names in the entertainment biz. While the Oscar telecast is taking the safe route with Billy Crystal after abrupt exits from scheduled producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy, the Golden Globes will be heading back into shark-infested waters.

I guess the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is a glutton for punishment–or at the very least, solid ratings, as it’s betting on Gervais to deliver the viewers while serving as the awards show’s host for the third year in a row. The broadcast will air on NBC on January 15, and is sure to rub many in the entertainment industry the wrong way.

Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC was especially keen on scoring Gervais again, and the HFPA didn’t mince words on its website, acknowledging, “While many welcome Gervais’ return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters.”

Those A-list celebs who had to endure barbs in the midst of their peers–and the rest of the world–included Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, and the two’s international hit (though critically panned) “The Tourist.” During the telecast, Gervais quipped, “I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason ‘The Tourist’ was nominated was so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.”

Ouch.

While there’s certainly no doubt Gervais, who co-created the original, British version of “The Office,” has got one heck of a comedic wit, the question remains whether he’ll use his powers for good or evil come 2012.

What do you think about Gervais’s return? Did he take his jabs too far, or do you relish in watching Hollywood’s elite squirm?