Eddie Murphy Confirmed to Host '84th Academy Awards'

The Oscar-nominated comedic actor will host the huge Hollywood event on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
Eddie Murphy confirmed to host the 84th Academy Awards
Eddie Murphy confirmed to host the 84th Academy Awards
Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy, whose performing career spans movies, television and the stage, will host this year's Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 26, 2012, telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced today. This will be Murphy's first hosting stint on the Oscars.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," said Ratner. "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."

"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," said Murphy. "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."

Murphy began his career at the age of 15 as a stand-up comedian. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, becoming the show's youngest cast member to that point, and bringing to life many of the show's most memorable characters. His 1983 album "Eddie Murphy: Comedian" won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. It included portions of his groundbreaking HBO special Eddie Murphy: Delirious. In 1987, Eddie Murphy Raw was theatrically released and went on to gross over $50 million. Murphy made his feature film debut in 1982 with the classic 48 Hours and would go on to star in such box-office hits as Beverly Hills Cop and the The Nutty Professor and Shrek franchises. All told, movies in which he has performed have earned in excess of $7 billion worldwide during their theatrical releases.

Murphy earned an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his supporting role in Dreamgirls.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

The Academy Awards episode 60.1, "The 84th Annual Academy Awards" stars Christian Bale, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Jonah Hill and is directed by Don Mischer, Kabir Akhtar, Archie Gips, Christopher Guest, Henry Hobson, Troy Miller.



Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Comments (24)

  1. incmob

    it will be interesting to say the least. murphy's stand up was incredible although you can thank richard pryor for opening the door. I think we can all agree that murphy's movies have staggered, and deflated, and his career has really stalled... thank shrek for keeping him on the map. I just hope he comes walking out in his leather outfit from delirious... that would be classic!

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  2. fanboy

    Not sure about this, but I'll just have to wait and see

    3 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  3. ejk1

    Not really feeling this, considering that Murphy hasn't done a film over the last, well, fifteen years, that makes him worthy of this gig. His Shrek voice-overs and Dreamgirls aside, Murph has done more harm to his career than not since The Nutty Professor. Not many actors have two films that could contend for the worst film of all-time, yet Murphy has at least two (Pluto Nash and Norbit) and depending on how one feels about Holy Man, a third. I like Murphy, but his recent track record may not merit this gig.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. moviegeek

    Excellent!! I don't find Murphy all that funny, but I'm glad they've got a comedian doing the show :D (No deer-in-headlights-Franco)

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  5. slysnide

    @rufio: I know, I meant that it's odd that Brett Ratner of all people would be directing it considering his track record in Hollywood.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  6. Rufio

    @SherlockHolmes2009 agreed.
    @slysnide b/c he is directing the show

    3 years agoby @rufioFlag

  7. m2

    YES!!

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  8. SherlockHolmes2009

    Hey good choice for hosting

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  9. SpaceCowboy

    YES! Oh there will be some Tower Heist jokes.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  10. Ghostman

    This is the beginning of Eddie Murhpy's comeback by hosting the Oscars and starring in Tower Heist :)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  11. ChiRep_1

    That's pretty cool I guess.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  12. Nicholaus XX

    I'm the only one who isn't liking the whole concept of this? Incredible!

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  13. MovieManiac

    HELL YEAH!! Perfect choice.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  14. Brizzy

    oh f*ck yeah.

    3 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  15. The Knight Has Risen

    I was kind of hoping that they would bring back Billy Crystal, but we'll see how well Eddie Murphy will do as host.

    3 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  16. slysnide

    How did Brett Rattner become a show runner for the Oscars? lolz

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  17. MadJohnsonProductions

    This is going to be Good.

    3 years agoby @MadJohnsonProductionsFlag

  18. ChristinaM15

    I'm very excited for this.

    3 years agoby @christina-montanaFlag

  19. Jimthar

    very cool. i'm digging on this.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  20. CUPID

    This is some good news.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  21. skywise

    This should be pretty good

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  22. Corey W.

    Awesome. I can't wait to see Eddie on the stage again. The Oscars obviously isn't stand-up, but hey, we'll get to see him crack a few good jokes in there.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  23. Cyn

    YES - don't hold back, Eddie! Be Eddie!

    3 years agoby @cyn-de-harvenFlag