Finally, we have our host for this year's Oscar! Telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer has announced that once-bankable comedian and Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy, who made an outstanding career in Hollywood during the '80s and '90s, will host the 84th Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Ironically, despite his long acting career both in movies, television and stage performances, this will be his first hosting gig on the Oscar award.
Here's what Ratner had to say about Murphy:
Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever. 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.
In the meantime, here's what Mischer had to say about him as well:
Eddie is a truly ground-breaking performer, whose amazingly diverse array of roles has won him a devoted audience of all ages. His quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host.
As for Murphy himself, he is very honored to host the Oscar for the very first time.
I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from (Bob) Hope and (Johnny) Carson to (Billy) Crystal, (Steve) Martin and (Whoopi) 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.
Now that we know the Oscar host, the biggest question is: can Eddie Murphy pull off a great show?