After three years away from the OSCARS, Billy Crystal will return for his eighth stint as host of the 76th annual Academy Awards.

Crystal has already hosted the awards telecast seven times. His last appearance was in 2000, with Whoopi Goldberg taking over duties in 2001 and Steve Martin leading this year's (03) event.

The comedian will be working closely with an old acquaintance, Joe Roth, who is producing the prestigious show. Roth, the founder of Revolution Studios, and Crystal last collaborated on the 2001 comedy AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS.

The ceremony will take place on 29 February (04) at Hollywood's KODAK THEATRE.

24/09/2003 21:09