New Oscars Host Announced
Eddie Murphy has been confirmed as the host of the 2012
The official announcement was made on Tuesday (6 September)
by Telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer who said that the funnyman
was their first choice to host the 84th annual awards show in February (2012).
“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most
influential live performers ever,” said Brett. “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.”
So what did Eddie have to say about the upcoming
appearance? “I am enormously honoured to join the great list of past Academy Award
hosts from (Bob) Hope and (Johnny) Carson to (Billy) Crystal, (Steve) Martin
and (Whoopi) Goldberg, among others,” he said.
“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
recognise the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”
Eddie has never won an Oscar but he was nominated in 2006
for his supporting role in Dreamgirls.
Oscars bosses are hoping Murphy will be a big hit among film
fans and critics after the savaged appointment of Anne Hathaway and James
Franco as co-hosts at this year's (2011) Academy Awards.