Eddie Murphy has been tapped to host the 2012 Academy Awards, Oscars telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced. This will be Murphy’s first hosting stint on the Oscars.
Murphy is an Oscar nominee and has performed in movies, television, and the stage.
“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,” said 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.”
Murphy, 50, began his career at the age of 15 as a stand-up comedian. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, becoming the show’s youngest cast member to that point, and bringing to life many of the show’s most memorable characters. His 1983 album Eddie Murphy: Comedian won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. It included portions of his groundbreaking HBO special Eddie Murphy Delirious. In 1987, Eddie Murphy Raw was theatrically released and went on to gross over $50 million.
Murphy made his feature film debut in 1982 with the classic 48 Hrs. and would go on to star in such box-office hits as Beverly Hills Cop and the The Nutty Professor and Shrek franchises. All told, movies in which he has performed have earned in excess of $7 billion worldwide during their theatrical releases.
Murphy earned an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his supporting role in Dreamgirls.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.