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Oprah Winfrey, Others Star in 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s' Post-Oscar Show

ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(LOS ANGELES) -- Continuing the tradition, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired following the Oscars telecast.

The star-studded show began with a segment featuring Kimmel trying to buy an Oscar from Billy Crystal in a back alley.  The nine-time host does sell him an Oscar in a duffel bag: Oscar The Grouch.

The show also featured a comedic trailer for the totally made-up Movie: The Movie, which starred a Hollywood who's who, including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Oprah Winfrey also appeared on the show, and in one sketch, Kimmel pitched her ideas for new shows for her network OWN, including a series called Oprah Winfrey's Book Club Fight Club.

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Coldplay also appeared, performing "Charlie Brown."  The band also performed "Paradise," but the tune was cut off by the end of the show.

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The Oscars: Five Reasons to Watch

(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood's biggest night of the year is upon us. Before the ceremonies start, here's what to look forward to at the 2012 Oscars:

Billy Crystal. The veteran Oscar host's head writer told that Crystal has updated his act to hold the attention of even the most text and Twitter-happy viewers. "Billy is a really smart host," Carol Leifer said. "I don't think most people realize how intensely he works on the show and how seriously he takes it. He is so in the moment and has such a good time that to the audience in the Kodak and out in TV land, it will be obvious."

Sacha Baron Cohen. Also known as, "The Dictator." Hollywood's current king of satire will be on the Oscar red carpet as the title character from his upcoming movie. On Friday, amid word that the Academy had taken away his tickets, he posted a video online as "The Dictator" warning of "unimaginable consequences" if the Academy banned him from the Oscars. Guess we'll see what he has up his sleeve tonight.

High profile presenters. The Academy is going heavy on star power at the podium. Sunday night’s presenters include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and the Muppets.

Octavia Spencer. She's been the toast of town leading up to Sunday's show, and many believe that the best supporting actress Oscar might as well be placed on top of her mantel right now. Considering her SAG and Golden Globe wins, if Spencer scores Sunday, her speech and backstage candor are sure to be memorable.

Uggie. This little guy charmed millions in The Artist and won more fans when he donned a bow tie on stage at the Globes. Here's hoping he meets the Muppets this time.

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Billy Crystal Prepares for Oscars

ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- We are three weeks away from the presentation of the 84th annual Academy Awards.  The ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Billy Crystal will host the Oscars for the ninth time, a high water mark only surpassed by Bob Hope, who hosted 19 times. It was Crystal's participation in a Bob Hope tribute at last year's Oscars -- and the audience's reaction to him in an otherwise critically flamed show -- that inspired him to return as host.

He jokes, "That reception I got last year touched me so deeply that I probably should've quit last year.  It really made me think about wanting to be here again."

Crystal won't divulge any details regarding the monologue and sketches he has planned for this year's ceremony, but he says, "There's so much expected of this, we just tell people, 'Please lower your expectations, and we'll have a good time, we'll figure out something good to do, I know.'"

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Billy Crystal to Host Academy Awards

ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- Billy Crystal will host next year's Oscars, ABC News affiliate KABC has confirmed.

“Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show,” he posted Thursday on his Twitter page.

Crystal, who has hosted the show eight times — only Bob Hope can top that — is the obvious safe choice. But at 63, the When Harry Met Sally star is not exactly a fresh face likely to lure the young viewers the Academy so desperately covets.

Still, Crystal, who is equally liked by audiences and Academy members, could rescue the show by returning for the first time since 2004.

The show has been under fire since producer Brett Ratner tendered his resignation Tuesday amid the backlash that ensued over his use of an anti-gay slur. The following day, his handpicked host, Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, also stepped down.

Hours after Murphy’s exit, Academy organizers drafted Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning producer of A Beautiful Mind, to fill the slot vacated by Ratner.

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Billy Crystal Open to Hosting Oscars Again

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- Billy Crystal has hosted the Oscars eight times, but he wouldn't mind boosting that total to nine.

At a recent 20th-anniversary screening of his film City Slickers in Santa Monica, California, he said he "got a little itchy" to host the Academy Awards again when he made an appearance at this year's ceremony.

The Los Angeles Times
reports that Crystal, who last hosted the Oscars in 2004, told the audience at the screening that he had "pulled back" from Hollywood's biggest awards show because it "got to be too much after a while."

However, the 63-year-old comic and actor added, "It's always fun.  It's really hard, but maybe one or two more times?  I don't know.  They know where I am."

Crystal participated in a tribute to Bob Hope at this year's Oscars ceremony. His appearance was widely thought to be one of the few highlights of the critically-drubbed Academy Awards telecast hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

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