Those who’ve watched comedian Eddie Murphy onstage throughout his decades long career know that the veteran actor is masterful commanding both the audience and the cameras. Apparently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken notice as it was announced on Sept. 6 that Murphy will put his acclaimed skills to work as the host of the 84th annual Academy Awards.
According to MTV News, Murphy released a statement early yesterday expressing his excitement about landing the honorable hosting gig.
“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 in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with [producers] Brett [Ratner] and Don [Mischer] 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.”
Famed filmmaker Ratner, who will executive produce the Oscars and directed Murphy in the upcoming film Tower Heist, also released a statement, sharing a similar story of excitement about the 2012 Oscars and teaming with Murphy.
“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” Ratner said. “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.”
Do you think Murphy will make a great host at the 2012 Oscars? –nicholas robinson