Brian Grazer Accepts Oscars Position After Ratner And Murphy Depart

Brian Grazer Oscars – Brian Grazer has accepted the job as replacement Oscar producer, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday, ending a days-long run of turmoil that saw the resignations of both producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy.

Though Murphy was unequivocal in his resignation, it’s been suggested that Grazer was hired in part to try to lure the back the comedian, with whom he’s worked before: Grazer produced “Bowfinger” in addition both “Nutty Professor” films, “Life,” “Boomerang” and most recently “Tower Heist” — which Ratner directed. Ratner resigned Tuesday night over his comments from the Friday before, when he told the crowd at a post-“Tower Heist” screening Q&A that “rehearsing is for f–s.”

Murphy, who’s close to Ratner, tendered his resignation early Wednesday. Reports surfaced soon after that Grazer was AMPAS prexy’s top choice, which it made official a matter of hours later. “Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” Sherak said in a statement.

“He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars.” Grazer could very well have a dog in the Oscar hunt, too, with “J. Edgar,” which opens Wednesday in limited release. Besides “Tower Heist,” Grazer’s most recent films inlcude “The Dilemma,” “Cowboys and Aliens,” and Gus van Sandt’s “Restless,” none of which performed all that well at the box office.

Grazer, who won the Oscar for producing “A Beautiful Mind” in 2001, will join Don Mischer, who was already set to co-produce with Ratner.

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