Brian Grazer gets Oscar gig

Nov 09, 2011 by Ian Evans

Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer, pictured here at the 8 Mile work-in-progress screening at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, has been hired to rplace Brett Ratner as Academy Awards co-producer. ©2002 All rights reserved. Photographer:Ian Evans

The 84th Oscars aren’t until February and already you need a scorecard to keep track of what’s happening.

First, Brett Ratner resigns as producer after a gay slur and raunchy interview didn’t sit well with the Academy. Then host Eddie Murphy tossed in the towel after Ratner’s exit. Now Brian Grazer, who ironically worked on Tower Heist with both Ratner and Murphy, has gotten the gig of Oscar producer, a role he’ll share with Don Mischer.

Mischer, who co-produced this year’s ceremony, said he’s “thrilled to welcome Brian Grazer as my partner and that we will be collaborating to produce an outstanding show.”

Grazer said he’s looking forward to work with Mischer. “Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him.”