Brett Ratner might not have been the choice Hollywood was expecting when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their producer for the 2012 Oscars, but he certainly is an interesting one.
But the "Tower Heist" director has been known for his large-scale films, and the very elements of his filmmaking that have drawn fire from skeptics might be exactly what the Oscars need this year. Ratner, for his part, thinks he can bring something special to the biggest night in Tinseltown, something he's been complaining has been lacking in previous years. And with the failed attempt at drawing in a younger audience by hiring Anne Hathaway and James Franco as hosts last year, it seems like the Academy is seeking an alternate route.
So what can we expect Ratner to contribute to the awards show? We brainstormed a few things we hope happen at this year's event.
A Crime Caper
Let's face it -- it's what Ratner is best at. Between the "Rush Hour" franchise, "Prison Break" and "Tower Heist," it would be a nice nod to Ratner's film career to have the opening skit have something to do with his genre of choice. And hopefully it would be funnier than some of the other skits we've seen recently.
The Return Of Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker pretty much ended his acting career after the "Rush Hour" series, and nothing would be better than seeing him return to the biz at the Oscars this year. Maybe in something related to a...
A Big Action Set-Piece
Action is definitely Ratner's strong suit, so why not find a way to incorporate that into the show? Pyrotechnics in the aisles, people dropping down on wires from the ceiling -- the possibilities are endless. It certainly could bring some much-needed excitement to the awards show.
A Nod To How Bad "X-Men: The Last Stand" Was
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence could all be in attendance at the 2012 Oscars, so why not make a much needed "X-Men" joke? After all, their reworking of the mutant franchise was a heck of lot better than Ratner's own "X-Men: The Last Stand." Considering the mixed reactions to Ratner's involvement, it would be nice to see him poke fun at himself.
Plenty Of Fun
And fun is something Ratner knows plenty about. You can see it in the "Rush Hour" movies and his debut, "Money Talks," so why not bring some humor and levity to the awards show? Oscar certainly could use someone to help him not take himself so darn seriously.
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