Eddie Murphy in talks to host the 84th annual Oscars

Posted by · 12:41 am · September 4th, 2011

Ratner strikes, it appears. Nikki Finke has the scoop at Deadline:

This Tuesday, a confab is scheduled for Oscar producer Brett Ratner to tell the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences whom he wants to host the Oscars. I’ve learned that Ratner will offer one name to Academy President Tom Sherak: Eddie Murphy. This is by no means a done deal yet, but this is a first step – though a lot more steps have to happen before this becomes a reality.

Reportedly the actor is “showing interest,” but what do you think? Would this be a good fit or a distasteful “Tower Heist” commercial?

[Photo: The Guardian]

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  • 1 9-04-2011 at 1:49 am

    Mark said...

    Perfect. Career salvation for Murphy and a chance to make the Oscars watchable again after last years disaster.

  • 2 9-04-2011 at 4:27 am

    Lena said...

    An excellent choice–25 years ago!

  • 3 9-04-2011 at 4:45 am

    James said...

    What Lena said, but I wouldn’t be totally against it.

  • 4 9-04-2011 at 5:33 am

    Graysmith said...

    Considering Tower Heist will have come and gone long before the Oscars, I wouldn’t be so cynical to play that angle.

    I don’t know.. I think it could work. Even if Murphy hasn’t been relevant for a great many years, he still has the ideal background for this sort of thing. With the right material there’s no doubt he could do a great job at this. He just needs to shed a bit of that Dr. Doolittle-family-friendliness and get a bit of his 80s style back.

  • 5 9-04-2011 at 5:53 am

    Joe said...

    I think it will be fun plus it’s hardly a Tower Heist commercial seeing the film would have come out 4 months prior

  • 6 9-04-2011 at 6:00 am

    JJ1 said...

    That would be enjoyable. I would think.

  • 7 9-04-2011 at 6:08 am

    Zack said...

    I could live with that. He’s funny, he’s just drawn to a lot of movies that are anything but.

  • 8 9-04-2011 at 6:13 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yes, yes, the film will have come and gone. You get the point, guys. Don’t be so sincere, yeesh. (And hey, the DVD would certainly be on the way.)

  • 9 9-04-2011 at 7:37 am

    Michael said...

    hahaha I won’t be sincere Kris ;^P – I don’t like this idea that much at all. I can’t say that I don’t like Eddie Murphy per se, but I rarely find him that funny or entertaining anymore. There is just something about him that reads as extremely desperate for validation or attention or something, and I feel like this decision could really feed his ego in the wrong way. I really think this year’s Oscars are gonna be a bust (in terms of the show itself, not necessarily the awards or nominations) and are gonna continue the downward spiral set by last year’s ceremony. It’s gonna take some clever revisionist producers and talented writers to streamline and re-invigorate the show – and I’m sorry, but Ratner and Murphy are not the ones who are going to do it (imho.)

  • 10 9-04-2011 at 7:39 am

    Michael said...

    Besides – if I set my expectations really low from the onset (and I mean extremely LOW) – then that could only mean that anything decently entertaining will be a surprise in a good way.

  • 11 9-04-2011 at 9:00 am

    SC said...

    Murphy’s a talented comedian, even if it’s been a loooong time since that was evident in his films.

  • 12 9-04-2011 at 9:04 am

    AnnaZed said...

    Not being much concerned in whether this might or might not do harm to the delicate inner mechanisms of Eddie Murphy’s psyche and cause his ego to inappropriately inflate, I color myself psyched by this news.

    Being a child of the 80s (formulatively speaking, or in an I-was-there-and-having-a-really-great-time way) I like Eddie Murphy and having seen him do stand-up I can tell you that he is very light on his feet, very facile, and completely impervious to disruption. He is also an absolutely genuine movie star, one of the highest grossing ever. Grumblings about relevancy might equally be lobbed at Bill Crystal (yet somehow are not).

    This could be terrific. In any case, a comedian please, I almost don’t care which one.

    Speaking of Eddie’s I would really like Edie Izzard but he just doesn’t have the wattage (yet).

  • 13 9-04-2011 at 9:53 am

    SJG said...

    I think he would be about the best of the names being seriously suggested, and it’s kind of nice to have a former nominee hosting. He would be a vast improvement over the last several years, I have no doubt of that.

  • 14 9-04-2011 at 1:17 pm

    The other mike said...

    Lol at distasteful. Wish eddie the best if true cause people love to dump on him of late but it’s a hard gig to pull off. Many have failed and would be waiting to dump on him like guy lodge for example. But he and we have nothing to lose as apart from Steve Martin all hosts have not been too great. Plus eddie is still my favourite vma host ever granted it’s a different audience and was a while back.

  • 15 9-04-2011 at 1:35 pm

    Al said...

    Raw was on Comedy Central the other night and I actually started questioning why he never got the gig. If he behaves like the real Eddie Murphy, even if he has to tone done his material a bit (or a lot) it will work. Count me in.

  • 16 9-04-2011 at 2:47 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Looks like a win win for him- if Tower Heist is dreadful then he can make up for it by putting on a great show (which I think he’s surely capable of) and if the movie happens to do well, then the Oscars will (hopefully) continue his career comeback.

  • 17 9-04-2011 at 8:01 pm

    Nick said...

    I’m not opposed to this idea. And remember, Steve Martin’s films suck these days, but he’s still a good host. Murphy has the stand up cred and years of service in films. He actually appears to be a pretty safe, dependable choice.

  • 18 9-05-2011 at 12:42 am

    DuirMan said...

    Well, at least it’s a better choice than Paul Hogan…or is it?