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Billy Crystal hints at Oscar theme in online video

January 17, 2012
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LOS ANGELES—The Academy Awards is the best awards show on TV -- at least according to Billy Crystal.

The veteran Oscar host calls it "the granddaddy of all the shows" and says in a new video that he appreciates being "trusted with this show again."

Crystal says he and Oscar producers are approaching the show "as fans of the movies and movie theaters and our first experiences in them."

Wearing a tuxedo and dancing among oversized Oscar statues, the 63-year-old comedian acknowledges that "there's so much expected" of his return and hints that he'll take his traditional approach to opening the show by inserting himself into the year's films.

The video is among special content the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is offering through its official show website, Oscar.com.

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