This morning in Beverly Hills, Oscar breathed a huge sigh of relief. Why? Funnyman Billy Crystal has been asked back to host the 76th Annual Academy Awards. If you're keeping track, this will be his eighth time at bat. "When [producer Joe Roth] called, I didn't hesitate," Crystal said. "He has such a passion for the show, I felt I could have a great time doing it again. It was either this or run for governor." ABC airs the Oscars on Feb. 28, 2004.