Brian Grazer -- who produced "Apollo 13" and "A Beautiful Mind" -- has taken Brett Ratner's place to produce next year's Academy Awards show.
Brian signed on moments ago, agreeing to replace Ratner just one day after the "Rush Hour" director resigned .... following uproar over a homophobic slur Ratner dropped at a film screening.
Academy prez Tom Sherak announced Grazer's appointment this afternoon.
Interestingly, Grazer is listed as a producer on "Tower Heist" -- a film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Eddie Murphy, who resigned as the Oscars host just hours ago.
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