Eddie Murphy To Host Oscars: Yea Or Nay?

The producer of next year’s Academy Awards telecast wanted him — and he wanted to do it. Now, the paperwork is done and Eddie Murphy has been officially announced as the host of Hollywood’s biggest night, to air Feb. 26, 2012 on ABC.

As first reported by Deadline’s Nikki Finke, filmmaker-turned-Oscar showrunner Brett Ratner had one name and only one name on his short list to emcee the 84th Academy Awards. Murphy promptly reciprocated the interest and agreed to accept the gig.

That Murphy was tapped for the plum job only seems out of left field until you consider that Ratner has Tower Heist, a big-screen action-comedy starring the 1980s box office draw, hitting theaters in November. What’s more, Murphy has the DreamWorks dramedy A Thousand Words set for release on January 12, 2012, during the ramp-up to awards season.

As host, Murphy brings his legendary stand-up comedy skills and Saturday Night Live resume, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema, says Deadline. And even with Murphy at the helm, it is said that Billy Crystal, who recently expressed interest in hosting the Oscars again, will still be incorporated into the show in a significant way.

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  1. Beth says:

    Can we please please PLEASE bring back Hugh Jackman? Him in a tux was just classy and fun.

  2. Tucker says:

    I don’t know if it’s really that Eddie is past his prime as much as his style doesn’t really suit hosting an awards show.

  3. cwize says:

    Yes, in 1985

  4. lariet50 says:

    NPH all the way!

  5. Tracy says:

    This is a lame, uninspired choice.

  6. Laura says:


  7. Have no host.

    Let each of the nominees (who are willing) record a segment about what is good in film and use that as the interstitial material. Also cut down on the endless parade of stars who come out to awkwardly read scripted lines about the categories. Find some actors/directors/writers/producers/set designers/what-have-you who are comfortable presenting multiple categories and go with that.

    If you are going to have a host, let that person MC the entire show.

  8. alex says:

    There are SO many other people who could do this. Why him? What has he done lately that deserves this opportunity?

  9. Rock Golf says:

    Eddie Murphy’s selection as Oscar host ensures that there will be non-stop laughter at the awards show…
    …from Eddie laughing at his own “jokes”.

  10. Aprilcot26 says:

    BOOOO. Eddie is past his prime (IMHO) and I can’t be the only person who remembers his completely tacky response to losing Best Supporting Actor for Dreamgirls when he *left* the ceremony.

  11. GT says:

    Neil Patrick Harris is the dream candidate for that Job.
    Or Steve Martin, who did an awesome job before…

    But Eddie Murphy? Ummm… No! (I do not think he has the finesse and class for that gig. Sorry!)

  12. Geo says:

    Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy? Is this the Razzies or the Oscars? The only thing that could make this more tedious is if they threw in Perez Hilton and a mime.

  13. MJ says:

    Just let Billy Crystal host the whole thing. He’s got experience and he’s always good, you can’t go wrong with him.

    • Templar says:

      If the host has to be a film actor then I vote for Eddie Izzard [although he’d be better at the more relaxed Golden Globes]. Billy Crystal owns the Oscars, so naturally he’s be a top choice. Murphy wouldn’t be my first choice, but not my last either.

  14. Sheldon W. says:

    Unless Murphy’s on his game – which, let’s face it, he hasn’t been for a long time [Dreamgirls notwithstanding] – this could be a very bad idea.

  15. kevin says:

    Eddie Murphy hosting OSCARS 2012 won’t be the same from last year’s Franco-Hathaway era.

  16. Remember”Raw”…Eddie IS funny!He IS gonna make us LAUGH!Looking forward to his comeback…a true Oscar worthy host. Brett is ahead of the curve…my personal vote would be Lord Spacey.

  17. Justin says:

    This choice is brilliant. Eddie Murphy is still hilarious and his stand-up still holds up today. Especially because the rumor is that he’s such an outsider of Hollywood, if he doesn’t hold back, he’ll be amazing.

  18. ReMMeZ says:

    Everything is better than the last 10 years. Come on people Eddie is no pasttime .. Who’d you want Billy Chrystal.. as if that isn’t pasttime.. Besides a comedian should always present this show.. No jackmans or Hattaways or well you name it..

    It has got to be Murphy.. Hail Eddie

  19. Jon says:

    1. Jerry Seinfeld
    2. Conan O’Brien
    3. Tina Fey (Maybe with Amy Poehler?)
    4. Ricky Gervais
    5. Wanda Sykes
    6. Chelsea Handler, Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin