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09.06.2011

UPDATE - As rumored, Eddie Murphy WILL in fact host this year's Oscars. The AMPAS announced today that Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards, which will take place on February 26th.

Murphy (or his publicist) said in a statement, "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. 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."

As you all know by now, director Brett Ratner has been named the producer of this year's Academy Awards aka the Oscars. Well, now Deadline.com is reporting that Mr. Ratner will be speaking to the folks behind the show on Tuesday and his one and only recommendation for host of this year's event would be none other than the start of DR. DOLITTLE, NUTTY PROFESSOR and NORBIT (sorry Eddie, you've let us down over the past two decades!), Eddie Murphy! I personally find this to be an extremely odd choice as Murphy used to be a very funny comic, but nowadays has stopped doing any stand-up and prefers to make "kiddie movies" and stay out of the public eye. I assume Mr. Ratner has already spoken to Eddie about this possibility, so I'm a little amazed that he would be willing to host the show, but I guess we'll all have to wait and see how this turns out. I wouldn't mind seeing him try something like this, but seeing as his funniest humor was always R-rated, I'm not sure how great he might be live and under the gun as such. For those scoring at home, here are the hosts from the previous few Oscar ceremonies below...

1998 & 2001: Whoopi Goldberg
1999 & 2003: Billy Crystal
2000 & 2002: Steve Martin
2004 Chris Rock
2005 & 2007: Jon Stewart
2006 Ellen DeGeneres
2008 Hugh Jackman
2009 Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin
2010 James Franco, Anne Hathaway

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Extra Tidbit: Eddie Murphy is one of the stars of the Brett Ratner-directed comedy TOWER HEIST, opening on November 4th, 2011.
Source: Deadline.com

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12:28PM on 09/07/2011
I actually think this is maybe the best thing Murphy could do right now to make himself relevant again. Besides, he can wax nostalgic on the time when he almost won a Best Supporting Actor award...and then came out with Norbit the next month.
I actually think this is maybe the best thing Murphy could do right now to make himself relevant again. Besides, he can wax nostalgic on the time when he almost won a Best Supporting Actor award...and then came out with Norbit the next month.
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11:51AM on 09/07/2011
There's hoping this is less Norbit more Raw.
There's hoping this is less Norbit more Raw.
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2:48AM on 09/07/2011
I'm intrigued!
I'm intrigued!
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7:30PM on 09/06/2011

I'm more curious about...

Monday morning after the Academy Awards and what the media has to say about his hosting...
Monday morning after the Academy Awards and what the media has to say about his hosting...
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4:38PM on 09/06/2011

Awesome!!

I miss how hard Eddie used to make me laugh. And there is no doubt in my mind that the man is still funny. Hopefully this will be the start of a fantastic comeback for Mr. Murphy.
I miss how hard Eddie used to make me laugh. And there is no doubt in my mind that the man is still funny. Hopefully this will be the start of a fantastic comeback for Mr. Murphy.
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3:23PM on 09/06/2011
I'm down. Hopefully it will inspire him to try stand up again which would be great.
I'm down. Hopefully it will inspire him to try stand up again which would be great.
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12:42PM on 09/06/2011
Eddie has always been more funny on stage than on screen (with a few exceptions), so I'm all for him hosting
Eddie has always been more funny on stage than on screen (with a few exceptions), so I'm all for him hosting
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10:16AM on 09/06/2011
I'm voting for The Lonely Island. Serve those stiff rich ba$tards some boiled goose! :)
I'm voting for The Lonely Island. Serve those stiff rich ba$tards some boiled goose! :)
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7:41AM on 09/06/2011
Well it could be worse. It could be chris tucker.
Well it could be worse. It could be chris tucker.
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3:15AM on 09/06/2011
I thought Norbit was pretty funny. I mean come on. Eddie Murphy as an old Chinese man! LOL! I'm hoping Tower Heist will help put Eddie back in the limelight!
I thought Norbit was pretty funny. I mean come on. Eddie Murphy as an old Chinese man! LOL! I'm hoping Tower Heist will help put Eddie back in the limelight!
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1:57AM on 09/06/2011
Eh.

My wishlist:
1.George Clooney
2.Matt Damon
3.Robert Downey Jr.
4.Jason Segel
5.Bill Murray
Eh.

My wishlist:
1.George Clooney
2.Matt Damon
3.Robert Downey Jr.
4.Jason Segel
5.Bill Murray
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7:14PM on 09/05/2011

Slow news day, huh?

This seems like the biggest movie-related news to come out today... It feels weird that Murphy would have to resort to hosting the Oscars to keep himself relevant. Kinda sad, really.
This seems like the biggest movie-related news to come out today... It feels weird that Murphy would have to resort to hosting the Oscars to keep himself relevant. Kinda sad, really.
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6:37PM on 09/05/2011
I like Murphy, and i like most of his older movies, but all I have to say is "desperate". Sorry.
I like Murphy, and i like most of his older movies, but all I have to say is "desperate". Sorry.
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6:27PM on 09/05/2011
What about Steve Carrell or Conan O'Brien?
What about Steve Carrell or Conan O'Brien?
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4:47PM on 09/05/2011

Ricky Gervais

Why not cash in on the controversy
Why not cash in on the controversy
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3:37PM on 09/05/2011

James Franco

How about James Franco in blackface? It would be another "art project" he could check off his bucket list.
How about James Franco in blackface? It would be another "art project" he could check off his bucket list.
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2:25PM on 09/05/2011
Honestly I love this idea. Only if Eddie is going through some sort of "has been" crisis and looks in the mirror and wonders what happened to the yesteryears of yore from his days in "Raw" and "Delirious"... Person bumps into Eddie... "You were hilarious in Coming To America." "What happened Eddie? What happened?" INT Eddie Murphy gloomy and alone in his private theater watching his work from the 80s when he has an epiphany and decides to make the biggest comeback of his life. Eddie O.S.
Honestly I love this idea. Only if Eddie is going through some sort of "has been" crisis and looks in the mirror and wonders what happened to the yesteryears of yore from his days in "Raw" and "Delirious"... Person bumps into Eddie... "You were hilarious in Coming To America." "What happened Eddie? What happened?" INT Eddie Murphy gloomy and alone in his private theater watching his work from the 80s when he has an epiphany and decides to make the biggest comeback of his life. Eddie O.S. "Yeah... BEAT ... Hello Brett? ... BEAT ... I'll do it!" ENTER Academy Awards 2012
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1:45PM on 09/05/2011
"It feels so lovely here give yourselves a round of applause you're so lovely everyone here is so lovely. And while you are in a clapping mood, I'd like to give a big round of applause to my band sexual chocolate they play so fine don't you agree?"
"It feels so lovely here give yourselves a round of applause you're so lovely everyone here is so lovely. And while you are in a clapping mood, I'd like to give a big round of applause to my band sexual chocolate they play so fine don't you agree?"
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1:44PM on 09/05/2011
Mel Gibson would probably make a great host, and he needs a comeback as well. Too soon?
Mel Gibson would probably make a great host, and he needs a comeback as well. Too soon?
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1:00PM on 09/05/2011
What about George Clooney? How come he's never hosted the oscars?
What about George Clooney? How come he's never hosted the oscars?
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12:01PM on 09/05/2011

Hmmmmmm

I like Eddie Murphy but not for the Oscars...I'd love to be proven wrong but that show won't give him much to work with. I personally think they should pick Jon Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris, or Ricky Gervais to host if they want someone funny.
I like Eddie Murphy but not for the Oscars...I'd love to be proven wrong but that show won't give him much to work with. I personally think they should pick Jon Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris, or Ricky Gervais to host if they want someone funny.
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2:24PM on 09/05/2011
Stewart - are you kidding me? That man is not even in the same zip code as funny.
Stewart - are you kidding me? That man is not even in the same zip code as funny.
5:50PM on 09/05/2011
Umm yeah Jon Stewart... not kidding you. Have you watched The Daily Show? He's perfectly capable of making good jokes about big name people.

But Eddie Murphy??? Do you really think he has the credibility with the movies he's been making to bash SUCCESSFUL actors? Don't think so. He'd probably just put on a fat suit and act out each role on stage for the newest fictional family he created.
Umm yeah Jon Stewart... not kidding you. Have you watched The Daily Show? He's perfectly capable of making good jokes about big name people.

But Eddie Murphy??? Do you really think he has the credibility with the movies he's been making to bash SUCCESSFUL actors? Don't think so. He'd probably just put on a fat suit and act out each role on stage for the newest fictional family he created.
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5:02AM on 09/05/2011
I'm always a fan for Murphy, I say go ahead. The man is talent from playing like 12 different characters in the Nutty Proffesor flicks all to snatching a nomination for Dreamgirls, he's got it in him, always has
I'm always a fan for Murphy, I say go ahead. The man is talent from playing like 12 different characters in the Nutty Proffesor flicks all to snatching a nomination for Dreamgirls, he's got it in him, always has
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4:47AM on 09/05/2011
"sorry Eddie, you've let us down over the past two decades!"
I think someone forgot the one bright spot called "Bowfinger". I thought that was Eddie's turning point back to good comedies. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be the case.
Honestly, I think they should let Ricky Gervais host. He was the best thing about the Golden Globes, and seemed to remove a lot of the hot air out of the otherwise stuffy proceedings.
"sorry Eddie, you've let us down over the past two decades!"
I think someone forgot the one bright spot called "Bowfinger". I thought that was Eddie's turning point back to good comedies. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be the case.
Honestly, I think they should let Ricky Gervais host. He was the best thing about the Golden Globes, and seemed to remove a lot of the hot air out of the otherwise stuffy proceedings.
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4:33AM on 09/05/2011
Let's just put it this way:
He can't do a worse job than James Franco did.

Let's just put it this way:
He can't do a worse job than James Franco did.

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3:43AM on 09/05/2011
Ratner + Eddie = Letterman type disaster

Then again, does anyone watch this thing anymore anyway???
Ratner + Eddie = Letterman type disaster

Then again, does anyone watch this thing anymore anyway???
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3:18AM on 09/05/2011
Anything is better than last years disaster combo, Hathaway-Franco.
Anything is better than last years disaster combo, Hathaway-Franco.
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2:08AM on 09/05/2011

This is Good

If Eddie is interested this is gonna be a good choice. If anyone saw the 2 hour Actors Studio with Eddie Murphy, then you know he can still be very spontaneous when given the right forum. I would love to see him get up there at the Oscars. It would give it some energy after last years horrible hosts.
If Eddie is interested this is gonna be a good choice. If anyone saw the 2 hour Actors Studio with Eddie Murphy, then you know he can still be very spontaneous when given the right forum. I would love to see him get up there at the Oscars. It would give it some energy after last years horrible hosts.
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2:02AM on 09/05/2011

Nice

Ill forgive Brett Ratner for all the shit movies has made so far if he can pull this off.
Ill forgive Brett Ratner for all the shit movies has made so far if he can pull this off.
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1:07AM on 09/05/2011
I really hope this decision is a plan (on Eddie's) for a comeback. I still like Eddie Murphy.
I really hope this decision is a plan (on Eddie's) for a comeback. I still like Eddie Murphy.
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12:34AM on 09/05/2011
i really miss billy crystal.
i really miss billy crystal.
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12:32AM on 09/05/2011
Hmm... I still want Pauly Shore :(






Kidding...
Hmm... I still want Pauly Shore :(






Kidding...
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12:21AM on 09/05/2011

Uwe Boll

my vote goes to Uwe Boll to host!
my vote goes to Uwe Boll to host!
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11:47PM on 09/04/2011

My top 3 dream Oscar hosts:

3. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Tom Hanks
1. Justin Timberlake

Eddie Murphy could be funny though.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Tom Hanks
1. Justin Timberlake

Eddie Murphy could be funny though.
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3:33AM on 09/05/2011
Wow, guys. What's with all the negative votes? Don't you like Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr.?
Wow, guys. What's with all the negative votes? Don't you like Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr.?
11:37PM on 09/04/2011
Really don't think it will happen, but why wouldnt I be excited by this?
Really don't think it will happen, but why wouldnt I be excited by this?
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11:18PM on 09/04/2011
My picks:
Jason Segel and Paul Rudd
or
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson
or
Ricky Gervais
or
Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari
My picks:
Jason Segel and Paul Rudd
or
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson
or
Ricky Gervais
or
Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari
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11:01PM on 09/04/2011
I don't think it's an odd choice, matter of fact I kinda like it. As soon as I read about Brett Ratner producing first thing that came into my mind was "He's gonna push Chris Tucker as the host.".
A lot of people won't agree but I'll throw it out there anyways: give Dave Chappelle a shot. There, I've said it.
I don't think it's an odd choice, matter of fact I kinda like it. As soon as I read about Brett Ratner producing first thing that came into my mind was "He's gonna push Chris Tucker as the host.".
A lot of people won't agree but I'll throw it out there anyways: give Dave Chappelle a shot. There, I've said it.
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10:51PM on 09/04/2011

=(

I wish they'd get Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman to do it.

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I wish they'd get Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman to do it.

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