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TV PICKS: Billy Crystal to host Oscars

Published 02/25/2012, Contra Costa Times

It’s Billy Crystal to the rescue for “The 84th Annual Academy Awards” tonight on ABC. The genial comedian returns to host the Oscar telecast, stepping in for Eddie Murphy, who flaked out back in November. It will be Crystal’s ninth time as emcee (second only to Bob Hope’s 19), but his first in nearly a decade. So expect a return of his popular opening monologue, where he inserts himself into scenes of the nominated movies.

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