Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Murphy will be the host of the Academy Awards in February 2012, according to the producers of the show.
The ceremony’s telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer has made the announcement, according to the Oscars’ website.
For the 50-year-old actor, renowned for his comic roles, it will be his first hosting experience of the Oscars.
He began his career as a stand-up comedian at the age of 15.
“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said Ratner. “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.”
Murphy was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for his supporting role in Dreamgirls. His first feature appearance was in the 1982 action comedy 48 Hrs.. And his voice brought the famous donkey to life in the animated Shrek films. The films he has performed in have earned more than $7 billion (5 billion euros) in cinemas worldwide.
Murphy said he hopes the show will be enjoyable for the fans. “I am enormously honoured to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” he added.
The ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The best film achievements will be honoured in an event that will be broadcast live globally.
By Ali Sheikholeslami