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Eddie Murphy to host 2012 Oscars

Eddie Murphy in Meet Dave

Story by Jack Foley

EDDIE Murphy will host the 84th annual Academy Awards, according to its producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer.

The actor and comedian will make his debut in the role on February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in LA.

In a statement Murphy said he was “enormously honoured” to join the ranks of Oscar hosts like Hugh Jackman in 2009 and Chris Rock in 2005.

While Ratner, who recently directed Murphy in forthcoming film Tower Heist, said: “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.”

The announcement of the 50-year-old’s involvement marks a return to the single-host format the show has employed most often over the past two decades.

Murphy was nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar in 2006 for Dreamgirls but lost out to Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.

He has also appeared in successful films such as The Nutty Professor and Beverly Hills Cop, as well as providing the voice of Donkey in Shrek.

In addition to Tower Heist, Murphy was recently confirmed to lend his voice to the animated character of Hong Kong Phooey for a new film based on the Hanna-Barbera animated TV series from the ‘70s. Find out more

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