Twenty-four hours after Brett Ratner resigned as co-producer of the Academy Awards, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind”) has been named as his replacement. This news comes just hours after host Eddie Murphy walked. Murphy’s new movie, “Tower Heist,” was directed by Ratner while Grazer was one of the producers.
In making the announcement, academy president Tom Sherak said, “Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” said Sherak. “He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars.”
Awards show veteran Don Mischer, who is directing and producing the Oscars for the second year running, added, “I am thrilled to welcome Brian Grazer as my partner and that we will be collaborating to produce an outstanding show.”
For his part Grazer said, “It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career. Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him.”
Besides co-producing the 2001 Best Picture winner with Ron Howard (who also won Best Director), Grazer has contended at the Oscars three times. His first bid was in Original Screenplay in 1984 for the story of “Splash” which launched the movie career of Tom Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner and current academy governor. Grazer and company lost to Robert Benton for “Places in the Heart.” He soloed on producing 1995 Best Picture nominee “Apollo 13”; it lost to “Braveheart.” And he, Howard and Eric Fellner co-produced 2008 Best Picture nominee “Frost/Nixon”; it lost to “Slumdog Millionaire.”
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