brett ratner getty Brett Ratner to produce 2012 Oscars: What to expect from the 'Rush Hour' directorThe whole eccentric/hot “it” guy thing (aka host James Franco) was a bust, so the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences appears to be staking its next Oscar broadcast on a different genre: action.

Brett Ratner, a man who has already brought us hours of edge-of-our-seat yet simultanously laugh-out-loud entertainment, will take on a co-producing role in the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony broadcast in what is apparently the Academy’s latest bid to punch up sinking ratings.

Ratner is perhaps best known for directing “Rush Hour,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”  and producing (in order of good-it-tude): “Horrible Bosses,” FOX’s “Prison Break,” “21” and the unforgettable TV movie “Nick Cannon: Mr. Show Biz.” He’s also producing the upcoming Lily Collins-led version of “Snow White.”

Since Ratner’s style is, well, somewhat formulaic, we thought we’d share our tips for five things to expect from a Ratner-produced Oscar broadcast. Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride:

1. Co-hosts Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. (Tagline: “Two hosts. One is all talk. The other is all action.“)

2. At least one reality-defying car chase.

3. Ben Stiller, star of Ratner’s upcoming “Tower Heist” and a guy not unknown to make a fool of himself on the Kodak Theater stage, making a fool of himself on the Kodak theater stage.

4. Better jokes.

4. Hot chicks. Though there are hot chicks at the Oscars every year, so whatever.

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Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson