Eddie Murphy confirmed as host of the Academy Awards

Telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced via a press release that they’ve chosen the host for the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 26, 2012 — comedian Eddie Murphy. “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” Ratner says. “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.” Commented Mischer, “Eddie is a truly ground-breaking performer, whose amazingly diverse array of roles has won him a devoted audience of all ages. His quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host.” According to the press release, Eddie is excited about the opportunity, saying, “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. 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 recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

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  1. Germain • September 7, 2011 @ 9:56 AM

    I can see that, I think he might actually be one of the better ones in the last few years.

  2. Helen • September 7, 2011 @ 10:22 AM

    Looking forward to seeing him host! Seems like he’s a popular choice.

  3. hmmm • September 7, 2011 @ 11:13 AM

    I’m disappointed but there’s no where to go but up since last year’s show.

  4. shona • September 7, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

    I cannot wait!!!

  5. Deb • September 7, 2011 @ 3:01 PM

    I’m not sure he’ll be any good. His last few movies were flops, he’s just not funny anymore.

  6. anonymous2 • September 7, 2011 @ 4:20 PM

    Bring back Billy Crystal.

  7. C-Dub • September 7, 2011 @ 4:26 PM

    JUST DON’T SING EDDIE!! But yeah this si a good idea. I will watch it because of the host. Let’s hope he has a lot of material to work with. I agree with “anonymous2”, Billy was the best.

  8. foo foo • September 7, 2011 @ 9:04 PM

    Try Steve Martin again.

  9. David • September 8, 2011 @ 12:15 PM

    I hope he does it as Buckwheat!

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