Billy Crystal as Oscars Host: Hot or Not?

Oscars night opens with a funny montage, followed by song
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2012 7:44 PM CST
Billy Crystal waves during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(Newser) – The Oscars ceremony has much to prove tonight ... like will the masses tune in to see a blockbuster-free field, and will Billy Crystal draw any laughs at his ninth go-round? The opening montage was pretty hilarious, complete with a George Clooney-on-Crystal kiss, a Justin Bieber appearance (to help you get the 18- to 24-year-old demo, the singer explained to the host), and an amazing segue from The Help's poo pie into Bridesmaid's infamous bathroom scene. Then, the best of the on-stage jokes:

  • "We're here at the beautiful Chapter 11 theater..."
  • "Nothing can take a sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires hand each other gold statues."
  • Then he sings, but the music is so loud it's kind of hard to hear what he's saying.
  • "Please welcome a recurring dream of mine: Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez."
  • "A dark knight, an American psycho, a charismatic crack addict. You'll get to choose one on Super Tuesday."
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