Comedian Eddie Murphy will host the next Oscar awards in February, according to the announcement published by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer made the official announcement, confirming that Murphy was the first choice.
“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.” Ratner said.
“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,” Murphy said.
“Iâ€™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,” he added.
Box office takes from Murphy’s films makes him the second-highest grossing actor in the United States. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
Murphy received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor.