Eddie Murphy will now be sharpening his comedic tongue for next Oscars! The 50-year-old actor is officially chosen to host the 84th Annual Academy Awards show on February 26, 2012.
Murphy said in a statement:
“I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from [Bob] Hope and [Johnny]Carson to [Billy] Crystal, [Steve] Martin and [Whoopi]Goldberg, among others. I’m looking forward to working with Brett [Ratner] and Don[Mischer] 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 recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”
Brett Ratner on securing Eddie's services for the show:
“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest 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 and I want to produce in February.”
Murphy was nominated in 2006 for his supporting role as Jimmy "Thunder" Early in the musical drama film "Dreamgirls".
This will be the first time for the 'Beverly Hills Cop' star to host the Oscar gig. Last year, James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the show.
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