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Eddie Murphy is Brett Ratner's One & Only Choice to Host the Oscars?

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September 4, 2011
Source: Deadline

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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?

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments

1

Sexual Chocolate Ladies and Gentlemen...

Anonymous on Sep 4, 2011

2

What about Ricky Gervais ? 😉

shero on Sep 4, 2011

3

What have you done for me lately...

Loser on Sep 4, 2011

4

Get Billy Crystal to do it, the Oscars haven't been good in a while. I think with Crystal hosting he'll bring back that old school Oscar flair.

The_Kid89 on Sep 4, 2011

5

Yes get Ricky Gervais!!! 

John on Sep 4, 2011

6

No.

Davide Coppola on Sep 4, 2011

7

I wish Eddie Murphy would do movies for adults again like he used to and ceases doing children's films. It would be sad and disappointing if he doesn't. Everyone is ready to give up on him. He has alienated his fanbase for years and has seemingly gone out of his way to make lousy children's movies, with only the occasional adult film once in a while.

Amanda Seyfield on Sep 4, 2011

8

I wish Eddie Murphy would do movies for adults again like he used to and ceases doing children's films. It would be sad and disappointing if he doesn't. Everyone is ready to give up on him. He has alienated his fanbase for years and has seemingly gone out of his way to make lousy children's movies, with only the occasional adult film once in a while.

Amanda Seyfield on Sep 4, 2011

9

He hasn't been funny in years with the occasional exception like Bowfinger.Maybe he should try more dramatic roles like Carey did. 

tir na nog on Sep 4, 2011

10

How stupid it may sound but how about "Yet another 48 hours" with Eddie, Nick Nolte and Walter Hill and Lethal Weapon 5 bring in Eddie as Glovers replacement in this one Glovers last day helps Gibson brake in his new partner Eddie. Or Trading Places 2 Eddie trades places with himself when he was still funny and makes him find his way back to his pure comedy talent guided by himself

Loser on Sep 4, 2011

11

wouldn't that just be another Beverly Hills Cop movie then?

Bucker96 on Sep 4, 2011

12

Neil Patrick Harris! Everybody loves NPH!

Ron on Sep 4, 2011

13

second. Murphy and Ratner belong together, just not at the Oscars

Richie G on Sep 4, 2011

14

I want the Muppets to host!

Outofsync on Sep 4, 2011

15

Hands down, that's the best cast of actors to host the Oscars! Especially since they have a movie coming out in November. And what's best is there's so many muppets, i bet there would be enough awards that each muppet could hand one out.

JBrotsis on Sep 5, 2011

16

I could see it now with Electric Mayhem performing the nominated songs, Swedish Chef doing the Foreign Film noms, Hondeydew and Beaker presenting the technical acheivements, etc. Awesome.

Christophereo on Sep 5, 2011

17

and the whole time each muppets are giving awards, the two old men could be up on like a balcony over looking the stage cracking jokes about the actors. DOOOOOOoooooaaahahahaha!

JBrotsis on Sep 5, 2011

18

Everybody take a step back. Eddie Murphy is NOT a bad idea at all. Yes, he's made some terrible movies. However, we're judging him to host the Oscars, not the bad choices of movies he's made. In Murphy, you've got a an edgy personality, great improv skills, and charisma. And he is one of the great influential black comics of our time. This is not Pluto Nash, folks. I think Eddie Murphy is a very good choice and it's definitely not playing it safe... in a good way.

Drew Kerr on Sep 4, 2011

19

Yeah. I read this article and thought to myself that honestly, Eddie Murphy wouldn't be bad at all.  I'd actually like to see it happen.  Sure, his movies lately have been garbage, but this is completely different.

Chazzy on Sep 4, 2011

20

I really like Eddie Murphy, in fact I was actually asking myself recently why he never hosted the Oscaras before, as he's great at standup. I hope this pans out.

Al on Sep 4, 2011

21

Brett Ratner is a talentless shit.

Anonymous on Sep 4, 2011

22

His breath is so bad, people look forward to his farts.

Anonymous on Sep 5, 2011

23

Jokes will be "Why are there no black people here?",  and "Black people do it this way, but caucasian people do it like this."

Phil on Sep 5, 2011

24

Very true, having Eddie Murphy host could be the equivalent of having Florp (future Academy Award attendee) from Futurama host:   Florp: So what is with the guys under the orange sun they're always like [Impersonates them.] , but us guys under the red sun we're like [Impersonates them.] . Am I right! Am I right!

Dustin Asher on Sep 5, 2011

25

The Oscars are boring, I thought Hugh Jackman looked okay in the shortened version on YuChube. Yep Eddie Murphy I dunno, he's still trying to comeback after getting caught with that transvestite and having a kid with a Spice Girl. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if he was making good films, Mel Gibson denied the Holocaust and still got work. Hollywood is weird.

Crapola on Sep 5, 2011

26

Get Charlie Murphy or Dave Chappelle!!

jah p on Sep 5, 2011

27

i REALLY HATE BRETT RATNER

stfugtfo on Sep 5, 2011

28

Wukin pah Nub!!! James Brown's Hot tub Oscar Party!!!!! "Norton my friend, how you would you like too........" HUMINAH," HUMINAH," HUMINAH," HUMINAH!!" I am already there!!

wakesoul on Sep 7, 2011

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