LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Eddie Murphy has been named the host of the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony.

“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.

This will be the “Saturday Night Live” alum’s first stint hosting the Oscars.

“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said Oscars producer Brett 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.”

The 84th Academy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Comments (8)
  1. SokNoo Ramos says:

    SOunds to me like he might jsut be onto something there dude.


  2. Ryan Moorman says:

    THIS IS SOOOOOOOO COOL…if it was 1987

  3. BD McGee says:

    Who couldn’t they get?

  4. TT says:

    This ought to be fun 🙂 One of the all time greats in comedy ! Wonderful choice…

  5. ginny says:

    Hope they are ready to bleep about 50% of what he says, something tells me we are in for a rocky night.

  6. Tim says:

    What’s “rocky” to you wuss man, is exciting to everyone else. Grow a pair.

  7. Oskrewed says:

    Eddie Murphy hosting 20 years ago interesting. Eddie Murphy hosting in 2012 just plain boring. Academy Awards going way of Miss America Pageant with a new generation that just doesn’t care about its bad variety show concept.

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