The man behind such gems like Norbit, The Nutty Professor, and Dr. Dolittle, is going to be hosting the 84th annual Oscars. Yep, Eddie Murphy will be hosting the Academy Awards on February 26, 2012.
No matter what you think of Murphy's skills as a comedian, it will be better than the stoner-meets-neurotic woman buddy comedy that was last years hosting duo of James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Even if you put Murphy in a fat suit and make him recite every line of dialogue from Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, it will still be better than when James Franco dressed in drag while audience members struggled to decide whether he was too tired or too high to give a good performance.
So anyways, rumors were circling if Murphy would host the Oscars while other contenders like Billy Crystal were willingly offering their services to host. But since half of the people reading this right now have no idea who Billy Crystal is, Murphy was a safer bet because he voiced the Donkey in "Shrek" which is supposedly cool and relevant and totally what the kids are into these days! "Yah talking donkeys! I'm 12 and I'll totally watch the Oscars this year!" Says a 12-year-old who likes donkeys.
The Academy Awards this year are being produced by Brett Ratner and Don Mischer, it's no surprise they choose Murphy who was directed by Ratner in the upcoming film, "Tower Heist."
"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," says Ratner, "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."
As long as he doesn't do any of those stupid spoofs they do every year where they superimpose the host into all the Oscar winning films. Well, if they put Eddie Murphy as Granny Klump in a scene with Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life," I might chuckle.
This will be Murphy's first time hosting the show, though he's no stranger to the stage. He shot to fame in the 1980's as one of the most celebrated cast members on Saturday Night Live. He has presented at the Oscars over the years, most recently in 2009 when he presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jerry Lewis. He was also nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Dreamgirls.
"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," Murphy 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."