Eddie Murphy is Brett Ratner's One & Only Choice to Host the Oscars?
Okay - WTF? I don't think there's any other way to start talking about this story than with that acronym. Deadline is reporting a very crazy interesting bit of news tonight, saying that filmmaker Brett Ratner, who is producing the upcoming 84th Academy Awards next year, is dead set on one and only one host for the Oscars - Eddie Murphy, who stars in his upcoming film Tower Heist (watch the trailer). But the deal isn't final. In fact, Ratner hasn't even present this choice to the Academy yet, as he was on his way to do so, but has been talking up Murphy with the idea, "if the Academy asked you to host, would you accept?" Read on!
Another big name that has been in the news recently as a potential Oscar host again is Billy Crystal, who's even said he'd like to do it if the Academy asks him. In fact, Deadline even says Crystal "will almost certainly be incorporated into the show in some marquee way." But will it really be Eddie Murphy? Is he actually set? Not yet, as they go on to say. "I'm told that a lot of big names have approached the other 84th Academy Awards producer Don Mischer saying they are interested in hosting, and Don is fielding those calls." But Murphy is Ratner's only choice for now, though he's got a long way to go. "This is by no means a done deal yet, but this is a first step – though a lot more steps have to happen before this becomes a reality."
Eddie Murphy's career has been in the dumps ever since Norbit and Meet Dave, both of which came out around when he should've (I thought) won the Oscar for Dreamgirls in 2007. Murphy has live experience with SNL years ago, and is a great comedian, but is he the best choice for the Oscars at the moment? Deadline seems to think Tower Heist is going to be a hit and "kick-start" his career again anyway, but it's too early to tell. This just seems like a very odd choice to me, mostly because I don't think Murphy is really that loved at the moment, yet that's the kind of person they need to host again (like, *ahem* Billy Crystal).
Murphy isn't officially the 84th Academy Awards host and this is early speculation, though it's possible he may get the job if the Academy goes for it and everything comes through. I have to admit it would dampen my excitement for the big Oscar show next year if it's Murphy, but you never know, he could make quite the comeback. Only time will tell! Would you be happy to see Eddie Murphy host next year's Oscars?