Film Director Is an Unexpected — and Controversial — Addition to Producing Team for 2012 Oscars Telecast

Aug 5, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Producers for the 2012 Academy Awards telecast on ABC were announced Thursday, and along with the predictable — one veteran TV awards show producer — the academy threw in a surprise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The surprise was the addition of film director Brett Ratner, who joins longtime awards show producer Don Mischer. A veteran of many Emmy Awards broadcasts, Mischer also produced and directed this year’s Oscars telecast, which has been nominated for an Emmy. Mischer has won 13 Primetime Emmys, along with a number of additional nominations.

It’s Ratner’s first time producing the Oscars. As a director, his feature resume includes "Rush Hour," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "The Family Man," and on television he has produced Fox’s "Prison Break" and CBS’s "Chaos."

The publication reported that the Twitter world had a generally negative response to Ratner’s addition to the team.

Among the selected tweets:

"I guess they wanted it to suck in fresh, exciting new ways. Kudos!"

"They asked Malick, but he needed more time. They gave him the 2020 ceremony."

"The Oscars telecast has been so terrible in recent years that it could be the first thing to ever be improved by Brett Ratner’s involvement."

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