It's Official: Eddie Murphy Will Be Hosting the 84th Academy Awards

September 6, 2011
Source: Deadline

Eddie Murphy

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."

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I'd even prefer zombie Franco.

Anonymous on Sep 6, 2011


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.

Stacey Titmuss on Sep 6, 2011


Ack!! Wilhelm Scream!!!

Voice of Reason on Sep 6, 2011


NO WAY!! damn!..

Sakyo on Sep 6, 2011


This should totally appeal to.....................   But you know I'm going to watch regardless! 

LMA on Sep 6, 2011


you know he is gonna gripe about not winning for dreamgirls

happy camper on Sep 6, 2011


I remember the Eddie of past and if this can reinvigorate him and bring back the hilarious Eddie of such things as Delirious and Raw That would be wonderful. 

Loser on Sep 6, 2011


That's where i'm at with it too.  right before his mid-90's resurge he did the an MTV award show and nailed it.  he can do it again here.

Anonymous on Sep 6, 2011


I'll be watching, but only because I'd watch it anyways..

Davide Coppola on Sep 6, 2011


Maybe 2012 is the end of the world.. Joking, I am actually really looking forward to this - he knows he needs to make up for his career of late, he mentioned going back to stand up last year. I think if he invests himself like he used to, this could be something special. Delirious is still my favourite stand up piece.

wushuchild on Sep 6, 2011


Old Man: The host, he's a n... (loud noise) Crowd: A what? Oooooooooh. Murphy: Hi everybbody! I have something to show you (reaches hand down) Crowd: (gasps) Murphy: A microphone. Crowd: Oooooooh.

Rob on Sep 6, 2011


lets hope he comes out on stage sharing his bi-sexuality. Like Will Smith, Tom Cruise and John Travolta and Vin Diezel should. There's no reason to cover it up anymore guys, all of us in Los Angeles know it already and we all still go see your movies! 

John on Sep 7, 2011


Yes because you totally hang out with the mentioned actors and have  detailed logs of their sex lives. I see how you got your info.

Damena on Sep 7, 2011


Why are you all thinking about his movies ? This is live and on stage. Even his early flicks were no near as fun as his stand ups. I am sure he will do a great job even if he will refrain from all variations of f-words.

Shige on Sep 7, 2011


I was skim reading and I read it as "But now it's confirmed that Murphy will be ruining the show"... Seriously though, hope he gets his game back.

Tony on Sep 7, 2011

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