With Billy Crystal stepping in as host after Eddie Murphy bowed out of the gig on the heels of show producer Brett Ratner's run of foot-in-mouth disease, an excited anticipation has set in for the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony. Crystal has long been an audience favorite with his film parodies and spontaneity. He's a known quantity who can still offer up a surprise or two. Watch the festivities Feb. 26 on ABC.
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