It was a nice attempt on the Academy's part to have James Franco and Anne Hathaway host the Oscars last February. I get where they were coming from -- they wanted the show to take on an edgy, hip feel, but it just didn't work quite right with such Hollywood newcomers. Thankfully, they've learned their lesson and are ready to hand the microphone back to one of the true legends of comedy -- Eddie Murphy. Reports have confirmed that the seasoned vet is set to host the 84th annual Academy Awards next year, and in a statement about becoming the newest host of the Oscars, Murphy states, "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. I'm looking forward to working with [producers] Brett [Ratner] and Don [Mischer] 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." As long as we get some of the good, old-fashioned entertainment that we've come to expect from such a prestigious awards ceremony, then that's all we care about.
Brett Ratner has experience working with Murphy, since he directed him in the upcoming movie Tower Heist, and he's sure the actor has a lot to bring to the Academy table, saying, "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." As if the anticipation of next year's Oscars isn't growing enough, rumor has it that veteran host Billy Crystal will also be incorporated into the show. It's definitely looking like this will be a night to remember. Congrats on the new gig Eddie!