Eddie Murphy to host 2012 Oscars

After much speculation Eddie Murphy has been named as host of the 2012 Academy Awards.

This will be the first time that Murphy (Saturday Night Live, 48 Hrs, Beverly Hills Cop, Shrek) has hosted the event.

Oscars co-producer Brett Ratner said.”Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greates and most influential live performers ever. With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances — especially on stage — I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don (Mischner) and I want to produce in February.”

“I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” Murphy said. “I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognise the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

Ratner recently directed Murphy in the upcoming comedy Tower Heist.

The Oscars will be held on February 26th.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


  1. Samuel L. Bronkowitz

    @deedeedragons – Are you ‘stan’ who posted at deadline.com, or did you just recycle someone else’s comment?


  2. This will be interesting. Will he bring his Raw swagger to the stage? Maybe not, given since then he’s had a litany of embarrasing films – and this is a film awards show. LOLd at “comedic genius”, reminded me of his line about Stevie Wonder: “He is a musical Genius”. Haha.

  3. Armchair Analyst

    I wonder if he was the best that they could get. I enjoy eddie as a comedian on tv or on stage but as a host in front of a big audience especially in this politically correct society i dont know if he is the right host for the job. If he is “behaved” most people might criticise that however if he is not predictably they will criticise that to. when it comes to people like Eddie Murphy they cant win because people in this day and age will bag them no matter what they do.

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