Backlash at news that ‘Rush Hour’ director Brett Ratner to produce next year’s Oscars

Internet erupts in anger over Academy's choice

Brett Ratner, director of the Rush Hour trilogy, as well as X-Men: The Last Stand and Hannibal Lecter remake Red Dragon, has been put in charge of producing the show for next year’s Academy Awards.

With that news comes the inevitable internet backlash, with many critics and bloggers already considering it a poor choice.

The Hollywood Reporter has already located the best reactions from Twitter, including Christopher E Downes‘ view that:

I guess they wanted it to suck in fresh, exciting new ways. Kudos!

Ratner will co-produce the event with Don Mischer, whose previous production credits include Superbowl Half Time shows, the Emmy Awards, The Tony Awards and last year’s Oscars.


Justifying the decision to recruit Ratner, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences CEO, Dawn Hudson said:

We just had an instinct that he would have a fresh point of view for the show. He’s young, he’s enthusiastic, and mostly he comes with a deep, deep love of movies.

Earlier this week, the Academy drew criticism for bestowing an Honorary Oscar to Oprah Winfrey, despite the fact that she has only made three on-screen performances and produced one film.

The 84th Academy Awards will be broadcast on February 27, 2012.