It's official: Eddie Murphy to host 2012 Oscars

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He’s Oscars host, dammit. Eddie Murphy — actor, comedian, legend, one-time musician, and Academy Award nominee — will be hosting this year’s Oscars telecast, the Academy confirmed in a press release. The news was rumored earlier, with several reports indicating that the ceremony’s producer, Brett Ratner, had wanted Murphy to emcee following his work with him in this fall’s Tower Heist. Says Ratner in a release: “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever. 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.” Ratner, who is co-producing the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer, has expressed his desire to incorporate good comedy into the ceremony.

This will be the first time Murphy hosted the show. Said Murphy, “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. 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.”

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  • Stacey Titmuss

    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 film for adults once in a while.

    • David Riegler

      What a bunch of baloney. He did “Dreamgirls” only a few years ago, and that one was DEFINITELY for adults. He does a couple of kids’ films and everyone jumps on his case. He’s an ACTOR. He takes jobs where he can get them. Grow up.

      • plush

        really, all this guy does now is kids movies now. These are his last films and only 2 would I consider not to the kids.

        Imagine That (2009)
        Meet Dave (2008)
        Norbit (2007)
        Dreamgirls (2006)
        Shrek 2 (2004)
        The Haunted Mansion(2003)
        Daddy Day Care (2003)
        I Spy (2002)
        The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
        Showtime, 2002
        Dr. Doolittle,
        Shrek 2, 2001

        he has not been relevant since the late 80s. When was the last time he did stand up?

      • Esox

        Tower Heist doesn’t look all that kiddie related….

      • BackAtcha

        He took paychecks multiple times for what one might generously call “family films,” which for the most part were not well-received. I hope this gig and his next film re-open doors for him because he is immensely talented, but again… he intentionally took his career in another direction in an attempt to stay on movie screens and make money. The fanbase that made him abandoned him, mostly because he stopped making movies targeted to them.

        No need to tell Stacey to “grow up.” Her opinion may not have been kindly stated, but it’s completely valid.

      • Amanda

        Agree, Eddie Murphy is now known for children movies. He really doesn’t do any grown up movies anymore.
        David…you need to grow up!

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      • Denise

        only 5 of these movies listed are family movies which I enjoyed most(ddc, imagine that) the others 6 are not, yes silly comedies, kiddie films. Im a fan and would see anything he is in if I find it interesting.

    • Spike

      It was either hosting the Oscars or Dancing with the Stars and hosting is far more prestigious!!!!!

      • Action Jackson

        He is an actual star, I wish he makes something along the line of Trading Spaces

      • hob

        I may not like what he’s done in awhile (aside from Dreamgirls), but I imagine all that Shrek money would keep him from appearing on a reality show.

      • Roger

        I won’t watch now. He is arrogant. He is a sellout. He makes awful movies, the kind he used to parody on SNL. He is washed up and trying to become relevant again.

      • Alex

        yeah im sure you wont watch, Roger. i mean its only the oscars

    • SciyuFiyu

      Am I the only one wishing so bad for Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to host the Oscars? They are hilarious.

      • Stella

        Yes. You are the only one. They are over rated horrible “actresses”.

      • SciyuFiyu

        Oh, Stella…

    • bfd

      I read that after he started a family he decided that he didn’t want to do movies his kids couldn’t see. Yes, many were just horrible films, but Donkey from Shrek seems to be Murphy doing some of his best again. Let’s hope he gives himself the freedom to really go for it and shines. Otherwise we’re looking at James Franco in a dress again, and NO ONE wants that.

    • daisy

      the real wuestion is not what films he does, but if he will bring his tranny to the show

  • Jackie

    I don’t know, I like parfaits A LOT, but I think he has a lot of potential as a host, so I’m happy :)

  • sandra

    Hope he keeps it clean. He is funny…..but, when he gets into …….he is not funny at all.

    • Matt Hill

      Huh? His funniest stuff is the raunchiest… Clearly you’ve only seen his movies post 1999.

    • Brad

      Totally agree. Keep it funny like Cosby. If you have to swear to create humor, the material isn’t that funny in the first place.

      • Stephen

        That’s so true. Comedians like Chris Rock and Katt Williams do not have a strong following and are not the least bit funny. Cosby is not a pretentious womanizer or completely boring.

    • Monty

      I pray to God he works an Oscar Party parody into “My Girl Loves to Party All the Time”.

      • Meier

        I’m hoping he wears his red ‘Delirious’ number.

    • hob

      It’s the Oscars, he’ll keep it clean. But I hope this gives him the itch to do another concert film, and get back to his ‘R’ rated roots. That’s the Eddie I miss.

  • Sean Canaday

    Keep it clean? Thats what makes him Eddie Murphy. It’s not like the Oscars announced Katt Williams as the host

    • kate

      …which would have been extra awesome.

      • Kris

        And EXTRA dirty. LOL

  • John

    He’s still alive ??? WOW, awesome!!

  • Colin

    I grew up watching Eddie’s more Adult oriented comedy films. Even though I do not have any children I still appreciate the fact that he has been aware of the fact that many of the people that make up his core audience do, in fact, have children… even grandchildren. He has reinvented his career for an entire new generation and more or less guaranteed that 10 or even 20 years from now there will be people, many of them in their late 20s or younger, who appreciate his work and remember it fondly.

    I find it sad that so many fail to appreciate that Eddie has constantly strived to diversify his career rather than treading water by stereotyping it.

    Bravo to Mr. Murphy! I can’t wait to see what he does! This may well be the first Academy Awards broadcast that I watch from start to finish.

    • Scott

      He didn’t reinvent his career because his fan base has kids and grandkids… he reinvented his career because HE has kids. It has definitely limited his earnings since then and has definitely tarnished his status as a comedy legend. I would have put him on par with Pryor and Carlin before he turned his career to more family oriented fair. Now, I just remember him fondly as was in his prime.

  • S.O.

    Hope he wears his leather outfit from Raw during the show.

    • Anon

      YES.

  • john

    There goes the neighborhood.

  • Al

    I hope we see more of the 1980s vintage Eddie and not the neutered version we’ve had since then.

  • tom

    REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I thought he left the Oscar show early after losing (Dreamgirls) to Alan Arkin ( Little Miss Sunshine). ?!?!? I guess making him host is the only way of making sure he stays until the end.

    • Nora

      That’s right! He felt he was better than everybody else, and left in a huff because he didn’t win the Oscar. I was betting on Billy Crystal returning to host the show. Oh well.

      • DMB

        Well he kinda got robbed at that oscars.

      • kim in kentucky

        He did deserve to win for Dreamgirls – BUT, Norbit came out during the time people were voting and that’s what cost him the Oscar (only my – and other people’s opinion). He left the ceremony – mad at other people for his losing instead of blaming himself for keeping making crap. Dream Girls was his chance for a come-back and he blew it by keeping making the crappy “kiddie” movies.

    • Aprilcot26

      That was my first thought as well when I heard the news. (And I was hoping for the return of Billy Crystal as well!)

  • Olivia

    This is the best news I’ve heard in weeks. Eddie is smooth on the eyes, funny, intelligent. What more could you ask for in a oscar host?

  • ronjon

    They still have the Oscars? What for?

    • Esox

      Oh how I love these style of comments.

      Let’s one up it…”They still make the “they still make” posts?? that’s so 2004!.”

      • Tad

        You still love these style of comments??

  • Erin

    Interesting. I like this. But then again, anybody (and I do mean anybody) would be better than the Hathaway/Franco disaster.

    • Geoz

      Franco was a disaster. Hathaway can host any time.

      • Anonymous

        Hathaway was ridiculously annoying. No thanks.

  • Geoz

    I think Eddie has had his day in the sun. I’m not excited to see his hosting, even though I have been a fan in the past.

  • maxine

    yay!!!!

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