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    Billy Crystal is excited about turning 72

    The 'Standing Up, Falling Down' actor will celebrate his 72nd birthday next month and he is happy to still be working on exciting material after a long career in the movie industry

    Billy told PEOPLE Now: "I love the fact that I’m going to be 72 and I’m having a great chapter two and a half.

    "I’m working at a level that I’m really happy with. I’m just happy to keep getting chances to do things. And I love to be approached by great young talent just to say 'hi' and talk.

    "To get a chance to do that at this point, I’m just really blessed. You wake up every day going, ‘All right, got something to do.’ And that’s a great feeling."

    Meanwhile, Billy recently blasted the Academy Awards over the decision to hold a hostless Oscars for the second year in a row, comparing it to "having a trial without witnesses".

    The comedian - who has hosted the awards show on nine occasions - admitted he isn't a fan of the hostless concept, revealing he loves the tradition of having one person helm the bash.

    Asked about the arrangements for the 2020 Oscars, Billy said: "[It is like] having a trial without witnesses. Moves faster, but not quite the result that you want."

    Billy feels that having a host is important to the overall success of the show.

    The star - who first hosted the Academy Awards in 1990 - reflected: "I always loved being out there.

    "I loved the, I guess, the trust, you know, that the movie Academy had in me to get me out there, and I felt like it was a great honour to do it. And I think that when you have a show that's as long as it is, things are going to happen.

    "And I think the problem with the no-host thing, perhaps, is that there's not somebody out there to capitalise on that moment, like you had when the wrong best picture was nominated."

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