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Eddie Murphy To Host Academy Awards

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Its been confirmed! Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, 50 will host the 84th Academy Awards next February.

Murphy, reportedly, went up against Jerry Seinfeld and Billie Crystal to nab the hosting gig.

After this year’s choice of hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, left critics and many viewers a bit disappointed, it appears, Oscar organizers are hoping to redeem themselves with Murphy’s humor and even capture a new audience.

“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” telecast producer Brett Ratner says. “I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show.”

In response to his hosting duties Murphy said,

“I’m looking forward to working with 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 recognise the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

What are your thoughts, will Murphy make a good host?

(Source: 1 & 2/Photo: Zimbio)
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