No, ladies and gentlemen, that is not an inaccurate headline.
Tom Sherak, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, has chosen Don Mischer and Brett Ratner to producer their 84th Academy Awards telecast. Mischer produced last year, but this will, obviously, be the first time that Ratner will have taken on the job. Ratner, of course, is best known as the director behind the Rush Hour movies, Red Dragon, and X–Men: The Last Stand.
Sherak explained his questionable decision, saying “I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show. He has an incredible love of film and its history and is a true student of the business of movies. He’s unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks that are both interesting and inspiring. Together with Don Mischer – who, by the way, just earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the 83rd Academy Awards – I think these two will give us a fantastic Oscar show that you won’t want to miss.”
If this news shocks you, no fears””you’re not the only one. Brett Ratner was also pretty surprised, saying “I had no idea. But Tom Sherak called me two weeks ago to come see him in his office. And I walk in and Tom is there with Dawn Hudson. And I thought I was being kicked out of Academy. I thought my maid had started bootlegging my Academy DVDs and I would be escorted out of the building and asked to relinquish my Academy cards.”
The 84th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 26, 2012.