Eddie Murphy Confirmed as Oscars Host

Eddie Murphy has been tapped to become the host of the next Academy Awards.

Murphy’s selection to host the Oscars follows the Academy’s widely criticized choice of young stars Anne Hathaway and James Franco as this year’s co-hosts . Joining Murphy as Oscars first-timers is director Brett Ratner, who helmed the box-office success “X-Men: The Last Stand, among others.”

Murphy said the hosting gig was an honor, as it would allow him to join the ranks of several other comedians that include Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, among others. Ratner said that he was looking forward to working with Murphy, who received an Oscar supporting actor nomination for “Dream Girls” in 2006. “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” Ratner said. “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 (Mischer, co-producer) and I want to produce in February.”