Meet the Oscars, Tyler Perry

The writer-director becomes the latest booking designed to attract a younger, broader audience

Last Updated: February 25, 2010 @ 3:02 PM

Here’s something else Tyler Perry can do all by himself: the Oscars.

Or maybe he’ll have a co-presenter.

Solo or not, Perry is the latest Oscar presenter to have his participation announced by the show’s co-producers, Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman.

Tyler PerryThe press release announcing the booking doesn’t mention Perry’s executive producer status on the Best Picture nominee “Precious,” instead highlighting a batch of films that weren’t exactly Oscar bait: “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Meet the Browns,” “Daddy’s Little Girls” and “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.”

So far, that means the Oscar-show booking score stands at three typical participants (previous winners Sean Penn, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz) and five less-traditional participants whose presence seems geared toward getting a younger, broader audience to watch the show (Perry, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart).

The funny thing is, when the ratings come in and reveal a big boost in the show’s viewership, it’ll be impossible to determine how much of the increase is due to participants like Perry, Lautner and Cryrus, and how much came just because of “Avatar.”