Oscars' New Producer: Brian Grazer Oscar winner will replace Brett Ratner By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 9, 2011 7:32 PM CST 4 comments Comments Brian Grazer will produce the Oscars telecast this year. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin) (Newser) – The Oscars has quickly filled one of two gaping holes in its telecast: Big-time producer Brian Grazer will produce the show, reports TMZ. He takes over for Brett Ratner, who stepped down after uttering a gay slur. Still no word on who will host following Eddie Murphy's decision to walk away. The LA Times notes the small world of Hollywood: Oscar-winner Grazer, who produced Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, also produced Ratner's new movie, Tower Heist. Murphy is one of the stars. Grazer also will probably have a film in the running for an Oscar—he produced Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar.