It's Official: Eddie Murphy Will Be Hosting the 84th Academy Awards
Well that didn't take as long as I thought. Only a few days after it was first revealed that he was producer Brett Ratner's top choice, Deadline has now confirmed that Eddie Murphy will indeed be hosting the 84th Academy Awards show taking place on February 26, 2012 early next year. "Today, Oscar producer Brett Ratner is formally telling the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that he's chosen Murphy to emcee the Oscars and an announcement will be made." For those who wanted Billy Crystal, apparently he'll still be involved in the Oscars in a "marquee" way. But now it's confirmed that Murphy will be running the show.
While everything is still coming together, Deadline has updated their original story to say that, as of today, "Eddie has now formally said yes" to Ratner's offer to host. The 84th Academy Awards are being co-produced by Brett Ratner and Don Mischer. Nikki Finke's original story said that Ratner has been asking Murphy if he would accept, and "that Murphy’s Hollywood agency WME thinks it’d be a real coup for Murphy's dormant career which is about to get a kick-start" thanks to Tower Heist, which was directed by Brett Ratner. Now we pray he does a great job. Will you be watching Eddie Murphy as Oscar host?
Update: Here's a few quotes from the official press release from the AMPAS. "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," said Brett Ratner. Don Mischer adds, "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." Murphy states, "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."