The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that comedian Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Oscars.
“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” co-produced Brett Ratner said in a statement put out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “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.”
“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,” Murphy said of the announcement. “I’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.”
The 2012 Oscars will air on ABC on February 26, 2012.