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