Eddie Murphy in the lead as Oscar host
Monday 05 September 2011
The 84th Academy Awards - which will be telecast Sunday, February 26, 2012 - will be produced by film producer Brett Ratner, and Ratner has identified the front-runner for the role of host of the event as Eddie Murphy.
Murphy is the leading candidate for the position after Ratner worked with the comedic actor on the upcoming Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller, to be released November 4. Discussions with co-producer Don Mischer and the Academy president Tom Sherak may determine if Murphy is the host next week, according to entertainment news site Deadline Hollywood.
Ratner has produced films including Horrible Bosses and directed X-Men: Last Stand and the Rush Hour series with Jackie Chan.
After last year's Oscar misstep with cohosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who were selected in an effort to garner a younger audience that generally skip the show - an experiment that appears to have failed - producers are likely to return to the original formula. A more traditional single comedic host seems to be in favor.
Murphy, whose recent work has included the voice of Donkey in the Shrek franchise, was nominated for an Oscar in 2006's Dreamgirls and is also known for his iconic role in Beverly Hill Cop as well as his comedies such as The Nutty Professor and Norbit, and his stand-up show Raw.
The comedic actor will also star in A Thousand Words, an indie dramedy with Allison Janney ( Juno, The Help) due in January 2012.
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