billy crystal youtube Billy Crystal found just in time for Oscars promo videoFresh off the Brett Ratner/Eddie Murphy Oscar semi-disaster, AMPAS is trying to breathe some interest into upcoming awards show that’s now hosted by Billy Crystal. So they went viral.

In a video produced with Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die, celebs Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox are charged with tracking down Billy Crystal. This takes them to the far off corners of Mongolia where Crystal pretends to be living in a cave.

“We wanted to try something a little bit different this year instead of a traditional, clip-based piece,” says academy chief marketing officer Christina Kounelias in a statement. “The trailer has a fun twist that conveys how excited everyone is to have Billy back.”

The piece is called “Off the Grid” although it could just as easily be called “Where are they now?” considering Crystal’s not done much of note since hosting the Oscars in 2006. This will be his eight turn at the award show.

Here’s the video…

Posted by:David Eckstein