Confirmed: ‘Comedic genius’ Eddie Murphy to host 2012 Oscars

London: It’s official. Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in 2012.

The comedian-actor, who missed out on an Academy Award for his role in 2006 film ‘Dreamgirls’, is said to be favored for the gig by Oscar producer Brett Ratner.

“I am enormously honored to join the list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” the Daily Mail quoted Murphy, who will be hosting the show for the first time, as saying.

“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,” he added.

The 50-year-old has been praised by event producers as one of the “most influential” live performers the world has ever seen.

“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” Ratner said in a statement.

“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 Mischer and I want to produce in February,” he added.

The Oscars will be held on February 26.


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