Eddie Murphy the front-runner to host 2012 Oscars

He could preside over the 84th ceremony

According to a report by Deadline, Eddie Murphy has emerged as the front-runner to present the 84th Academy Awards ceremony.

Brett Ratner is producing the show this year, and apparently Murphy's is the name he'll be putting forward to Academy president Tom Sherak.

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise to learn that Ratner is favouring Murphy, as the pair have recently worked together on upcoming comedy Tower Heist, a kind of everyman's Ocean's Eleven.

With his background in stand-up comedy, Murphy could certainly bring a bit of much needed energy to the proceedings, not too mention a welcome smattering of 'edge.'

Some rumour sites are reporting Murphy's role as a done deal, although there has been no official confirmation yet. According to Deadline, Oscars favourite Billy Crystal will be involved in some capacity.

Eddie Murphy received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Academy for Dreamgirls in 2007.

Tower Heist opens on 4 November 2011.

Would you like to see Murphy's raw brand of humour brought to the Oscars? Or would almost anyone seem like a welcome choice following the Franco/Hathaway debacle this year? Your words of wisdom please…


    • Tarantino3011

      Sep 4th 2011, 11:36


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    • jaykays hat

      Sep 4th 2011, 13:00

      Can't be any worse than James 'I can't really be bothered' Franco.

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 4th 2011, 13:26

      you obviously havent seen David Letterman. Youtube and weep!

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    • Jeds1979

      Sep 4th 2011, 17:21

      This is an awful idea. After he lost the Oscar for Dreamgirls he left the ceremony in a huff. Is he really going bring an audience? Look at the last few films he was the lead in; Meet Dave, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Holy Man . No one went to see them. Why would the Academy think this is an good idea to get people to watch. Bring back Billy Crystal or Hugh Jackman better yet have multiple hosts. Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Woopie would be great.

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    • FBALee

      Sep 4th 2011, 17:29

      I don't know how I feel about this. He's a fantastic comedian, and I think he could keep it exciting and unpredictable, but Jeds1979 is so right about his disappointing decade of dumb, brainless flicks. With his new one coming out (the promising Ben Stiller heist comedy) he could be back in the saddle with an actual funny movie. Personally, I'm rooting for Hugh Jackman. He's funny and possesses a classy charisma, which makes him the perfect host for a prestigious awards show.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 4th 2011, 17:51

      If only they had given Eddie this job in the 80's. Honestly I am surprised they haven't approached Will Ferrel.

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    • SamaElPrime

      Sep 4th 2011, 20:04


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    • FBALee

      Sep 5th 2011, 3:20

      Showtime and The Haunted Mansion reeked, like gnarly old tennis shoes stuffed with rotting fish and baby poo. Just saying.

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    • Frankie88

      Sep 5th 2011, 7:40

      FBALee, could you please describe the stink of Norbit then? As for Murphy as a host, I agree that it should've been 20+ years ago, now it just wont be as extravagant as people might expect.

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    • jukeofurl

      Sep 5th 2011, 8:33


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