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Academy Awards Host Billy Crystal: "I Take It Really Seriously"

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Feb. 23 2012, Published 7:45 a.m. ET

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Billy Crystal is feeling a little pressure as the upcoming host of Sunday's Academy Awards. After last year's hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were widely criticized, Billy knows he needs to do a good job.

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"It's really important that the show be good, and I take it really seriously," Billy tells Entertainment Weekly.

"There's a big responsibility to the job — I think more so this year because people were not happy last year," he adds. "I've got to deliver."

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So, what will Billy do differently from Anne and James? Well, he wasn't happy watching last year when Melissa Leo dropped the F-bomb during her acceptance speech and Anne and James didn't react to it.

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"They didn't say a word!" he exclaims. "That's when I knew maybe I should come back. It's fun to be out there when moments like that happen."

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He won't, however, be like Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes.

"That whole concept of 'I want to really go after people' — I don't understand that," he says. "Is it a roast or is it an awards show?"

Do you think Billy will be able to find the perfect balance this Sunday?

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