Eddie Murphy has officially agreed to host the 84th Academy Awards. Oscar producer Brett Ratner made his decision today, chosing Murphy to host over several other celebrities who had expressed interest.
Eddie, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2006′s Dreamgirls, is said to worship the Oscars. “Nobody knows movies better or is a bigger cinephile than Eddie. Not Brett. Not even Quentin Tarantino. Eddie can quote scenes from every single movie word for word,” an insider tells Deadline. “He can bring all that experience to hosting. Plus he has Saturday Night Live experience before a live crowd.
The Oscars host isn’t usually chosen or announced until January but everyone seems to be happy with the news.
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