It’s official: Eddie Murphy will be hosting the Oscars this year. It was originally reported that Murphy was in talks to host the Oscars, but that no decision had been made. Well, it has been announced that Murphy will now be the host of the 84th annual Academy Awards, as stated by producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer on Tuesday.
Ratner said that the 50-year old Murphy 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 said.
Mischer referred to Murphy as ”a truly groundbreaking performer” whose “quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host.”
Murphy has publicly stated that he is “enormously honored” to be hosting the awards, following a legion of other superstars, including Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg. The awards show is going to be held on February 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre.
Source: Your Black World