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Eddie Murphy Officially Named Host For 84th Annual Oscars

Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards.

This after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences agreed to producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer's top choice for the show to be held on February 26.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," Ratner says of his pick.

"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."

"We're sitting here surprised that it's actually happening, that's the exciting part. It's something we can really get excited about."

Ratner worked with the comedian while filming the upcoming 'Tower Heist'.

"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," says the 50-year-old Murphy.

"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."

September 7, 2011 |

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