BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ A wild and crazy guy will be host of next year's Oscar awards.

Steve Martin will succeed Billy Crystal at the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, it was announced Monday.

``If you can't win 'em, join 'em,'' said Martin, who has made eight Oscar show appearances but has never been nominated for an award.

Crystal, the seven-time host of the show, declined this time, citing a scheduling conflict. He is working on the comedy ``America's Sweethearts'' with Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 13.