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Steve Martin To Host Oscars

Texas A&M's Acie Law IV pumps his fist as he leaves the court after Texas A&M's 72-69 win over Louisville in a second-round basketball game in the South Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2007. Law scored 26 points in the game.
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A wild and crazy guy will be host of next year's Oscars.

Comic actor Steve Martin was named as host of the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony on March 25.

"He's everything," Oscars telecast producer Gil Cates said. "He's a movie star, he's funny, he's classy, he's literate — he'll be a wonderful host."

Martin, who will succeed Billy Crystal as emcee, said, "If you can't win 'em, join 'em.''

He was referring to his eight Oscar show appearances. He has never been nominated for an award, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Crystal, the seven-time host of the show, declined this time, citing a scheduling conflict. He is working on the comedy America's Sweethearts with Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 13.

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