September 5th, 2011
02:17 PM ET
The hosts of last year's Oscars didn't go over so well, and it seems this time around the Academy's looking towards those with plenty of comedy on their resumes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eddie Murphy is a top candidate to host the 84th Academy Awards.
Brett Ratner, who is producing the upcoming awards (along with Don Mischer), told the trade that comedy will be “a big part” of the show this year.
Ratner just directed Eddie Murphy in the upcoming comedy “Tower Heist,” and is said to be pushing for Murphy to host the Oscars.
The website Humormillmag.com reported Saturday that Murphy is a sure thing, but the decision hasn't been made quite yet.
Ratner and Mischer are reportedly meeting with Academy president Tom Sherak this week regarding this year’s host. Billy Crystal, who has hosted the Oscars eight times between 1990 and 2004, is also being considered, according to THR.
“Tower Heist,” also starring Alan Alda and Ben Stiller, hits theaters November 4, and the 84th Academy Awards show airs February 26, 2012. Do you think Eddie Murphy would be a good choice to host?
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