Eddie Murphy Oscars host contender?
September 5th, 2011
02:17 PM ET

Eddie Murphy Oscars host contender?

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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    May 1, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. KajinPL

    Yeah, Ed needs to come back and do some stuff. He hasn't been active in quite some time. He needs to get back in the spotlight cuz is and always will be hilarious. "Trading Places" is still one of my many favorite Ed flicks.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jillmarie

    Not a fan of his. This will be the firstyear I won't look forward to The Oscars if he is the host. I hope they pick someone else.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anomic Office Drone

    I watched Raw this weekend. It reminded me that Eddie used to be pretty funny. Maybe he can get some of that magic back for the Oscars.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Old School

    I thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway did a good job. There's tremendous pressure being on a live show with a legacy such as the Oscars. Millions are watching...I give them props – in fact anyone hosting, I give credit.

    I'd be a nervous wreck!

    Billy or Robin would be the bomb! I like Ryan Reynolds too but he may need to pay a few more dues first. He's still sort of a newbie in Hollywood. 😉

    September 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    "Is there a problem officer?"

    September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PhillyPhan

    I'd like to see Billy Crystal back

    September 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nana

    Here's a novel idea. How about NO host? Just give out the awards and be done with it. Maybe the show wouldn't go long like it does every year.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      actually they've been on time or really close to it for the last few years now.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tully

    Great choice. Come on, Eddie!

    September 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pitbull1

    Eddie would be perfect

    September 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. max

    Billy Crystal or Whoopi or Steve Martin

    Someone who has done it before please save this show! They try to appeal to a young demographic who is going to either watch no matter what or not watch no matter what.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. max

    The Oscars involve a lot of Politics. Eddie Murphy was very snooty about his role and the perception he should win. He did several talk shows leading up to the awards and made it known he felt he deserved it. The academy didn't like that behavior leading into the awards and didn't reward him for it. It wasn't his best role (dreamgirls took home zero oscars and lost best song even). Arkin did a good job in Little Miss Sunshine and equally deserved it. Plus he's older and was being "rewarded" for past things too – another part of the politics of the academy.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kisa Kisa

    As long as he can still make people laugh, why not...


    September 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rom2099


    September 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jodey

    Eddie Murphy publicly behaved like a spoiled child when he was not nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Dream Girls". Why would the Academy even want him to host?

    September 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Super Gus

    I didn't know he was still alive.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Tammy from Brooklyn

    Eddie Murphy don't save that elites atrocity award show,they as much as spat in your face by not even nominating you for Dreamgirls.Let them save that dying beast themselves.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Liz M

    I can't believe people still watch the Oscars. Such a drawn out affair with so little relevance.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nice

    I think he would be a great person to host, he's funny and i highly doubt he would make any ignorant comments.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  20. JG

    I was really happy to hear about this choice. I remember his old standup in the 80s and 90s. He is a genius. We would like to laugh this year while watching the Oscar's. Anne Hatheway was a bore and I vowed never to watch again, until I heard about Eddie.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  21. Nick

    He should stay in character as Velvet Jones and refer to all female nominees as hos. Otay!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. CrackisWhack

    Eddie Munster!!!...not Eddie Murphy..crawk rawks!

    September 6, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  23. Yeddo

    He's be ok, I guess. Anyone would be better than last year's fiasco!

    September 6, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  24. Booo

    Eddie would be a fantastic host. For those of you whining about him not being funny since the 1980s, I would remind you that eddie's life changed after Raw and Delirious. He had kids! He probably chose to keep it clean with movies they could watch. I commend him for that.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  25. austin

    if it aint eddie,it aint glamorous,if it'z gon
    b funNY,EDDIE MURPHY aka my PRINCE z d choice.tho he'z been screwd over,he still deserves d shot

    September 6, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  26. Anton

    No. Dude is past his prime and doesn't he need the time to give drag queens rides home.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  27. Big Boy007

    Eddie is The Man! I haven't watched the Oscars ever! But if Eddie hosted, I'd DVR it! He is funny as hell and everyone saying he has lost his touch is just lost! Give it to Eddie! He deserves it!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  28. yackson

    i hv never watch any oscar show, but i think it should be all about who will do it right. no emotion or sentiments should be considered. all the best anyways.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. cj

    K.am so hapy

    September 6, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. Red Pison

    I hope not he hasn't been funny since the 80's. The man's movie cancer.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  31. lou

    after many years.... i will definitely watch!

    September 6, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  32. glenn


    September 6, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  33. meljaro

    Eddie could be good! Jamie would be a sure thing but I'd like to see if Eddie still has it. I worry thay if things stary going sour he'd walk out, like he did when he didn't win the oscar. Bad sport! But I would love it if he could nail it. Lotta pressure there...

    September 6, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  34. marlon P

    Eddie would be a great host, he's been one of the funniest since 1980, come on people cut him some slack, his movies has grossed over 1 billion in sales, enough said

    September 6, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
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    September 6, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  36. Rayne

    Oh...hey what about the wayans? Id watch it for sure!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |

    Forget murphy....i say bring on the irishmen! Colin, Liam, and (ok scottish) Gerard! Hellyeah!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  38. os

    Just end the discussions now and have robin williams do it. Guaranteed laughter... And doesn't need writing since his superhuman comedic mind will be able to imoprovise everything for 4 hrs. There... I said it... Done deal !

    September 6, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  39. peleka

    Eddie is a fine comedian and will make a great host!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  40. Goldfinger

    Why not pick Sarah Palin? She doesn't even need writers to be funny. All she has to do is try to say something intelligent, and a joke pops out!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  41. patty

    Jamie foxx is ten times funnier than eddie. I mean remember in living colors? Hilarious.!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • valentine

      hey why do you have to utter such a stupid sentence.or is it because eddie is black

      September 6, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Please, I loved In Living Color and there is absolutely no way in heck Jamie in those days was better than Eddie in his prime. However, I will agree that Jamie should have an opportunity to host; he is a great entertainer.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Todd

    Billy Crystal! Game Over...

    September 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Old School

    I LOVE Billy Crystal and would pick him over Eddie anyday.

    I like Eddie but somewhere over the last 15 years the wind has gone out of his comedic sails. He may be an innocent victim of "le bad writing".

    If he gets picked, I hope he does a fabulous job. Might even be his chance for a comeback.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  44. moomoo

    How about a female host instead?

    September 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. CliffyG

    Eddie may have made a good Oscars host 10 years ago, but there's a reason why he's only had one good role in that time. He's lost a step. Axle Foley he is no longer.

    The real entertainer who can host the Oscars is Jamie Foxx. Why is no one mentioning his name?

    September 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  46. RebelYell

    He should go in character like Gaga did. Dress up as nutty professor for entire 3 hr show.

    September 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. nelson lib kpou

    Yes, that will be a real great idea put a smile on the face of the world.lol

    September 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  48. M

    If Mr. Murphy gets the gig, good luck. It would be nice if he could be funny again. It's been a long time.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  49. April Williams

    Eddie was so funny on SNL because of his talent and the great writing staff. The jokes only have to be funny because Eddie can tell a joke.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  50. tif31

    I think Eddie Murphy will be an excellent host he is one of the funniest comdians of all times.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. red

    It would be different to see one of the greatest at his beat. Go ahead ask him!!!! Would he say yes? Mmmm!!!!

    September 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  52. BHC_fan

    Give Murphy a break and an opportunity to bring it. Eddie has always been an entertainer and always will be. Will any of you have a heart attack if Eddie flops? Of course not, you wake up the next day, go to work as usual and probably discuss it amongst your co-workers and you'll even watch the Oscars again next year.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Perico


    September 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  54. eko

    It would be nice to see if he still has it. And by "it" I'm talking about his funny bone because the funny Eddie has bee MIA for the last 25 years.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Gary

    Eddie would be wonderful.he is one of the greatest comedians of all time.its in his blood.he's a natural.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  56. cinematic soul

    I think the real reason murphy lost the oscar is because he did a mediocre job in a lousy movie. And alan arkin is older, it was a make up oscar. I sincerely doubt valenti had anything to do with it. That's just ignorance of academy voting regulations.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  57. teresaf

    Eddie Murphy hasn't been funny in years & the movies he has been making show it. The best thing he has done (other than Dreamgirls) is voicing Donkey in the Shrek movies. He would be a disaster as host.

    Hugh Jackman was a great host & he SHOULD have replaced James Franco about 5 minutes into the Oscar broadcast last year. Jackman & Hathaway have great chemistry & it would have made for a much more entertaining show.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      TOTALLY agree...and although he was good in Dreamgirls The guy from Blood Diamond should have won.,and his storming out of the Oscars when he didn't win doesn't say much for his character. I say bring back Billy Crystal.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristi

      I agree. I was surprised to look through all these posts and see praise for Murphy. He would be a disaster. He hasn't been funny for years, nor has he had any good movies in years. To pick an Oscar host based on who has a new movie out to promote is a terrible idea. You should pick them because they are relevant, entertaining and view-worthy. The Oscars needs a boost - they should pick someone unexpected and contemporary. Hugh Jackman was FANTASTIC. So was Ellen Degeneres.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      Billy Crystal or Steve Martin or Whoopi. Someone who has done it before needs to save them from themselves. Screw trying to appeal to the young demographic who either will or won't watch regardless.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Terry

    Wow, 20 years ago I would've said great idea, then again James Franco and Anne Hathaway are as contemporary as you can get and they were pretty lame so maybe Eddie, Billy, Robin, and Whoppi could do it together.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  59. AZ

    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock or Billy Crystal!

    September 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Delores

      Billy Crystal without a doubt. Done it before several times and was outstanding.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  60. Paula


    September 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  61. story2

    He may be able to pull it off, it is all in the writing.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  62. carlene

    Bring him on, should be a great show, funnu and personable!

    September 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mammy

    He's black!

    September 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jon

    eddie murphey would make a great host, but he should say no after the acadamy screwed him out of an oscar for dream girls

    September 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnap

      It certainly would be a nice revenge. The real reason Murphy lost that Oscar IMO was Jack Valenti, who was then President of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). As the story goes, he said as long as he was president Murphy would never win an Oscar because Murphy had made a comment about black people not winning Oscars, which at the time was true except for Hattie McDaniel). Mr. Valenti was a very very powerful man, loved by some and hated throughly by others. If true, then Eddie (who was totally ripped off in that Oscar race) must be grinning to even be in contention.

      September 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elia

      Actually Djimon Honsou (don't know if I spelled that right) deserved that award that year, his performance was extraordinary in Blood Diamond.

      September 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      I love Eddie – one of my favorite actors ever.

      But Paul Newman & Martin Scorsese had to wait many years until they were old & gray to win just one Oscar.

      So Eddie will have plenty of chances. Dreamgirls was OK – not an all-time great (especially in terms of song choice).

      Contrary to some beliefs, Eddie has a lot more creativity leff in him.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Max

      Alan Arkin really was better than Murphy though in LIttle miss sunshine. in my opinion.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Evaliscious

    Yes!!! Eddie Murphy should host the Oscars.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • lpc72

      Eddie would be great but only if he wants to do it....He should have won for dreamgirls....

      September 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      No, I think Robin Williams would be perfect for the Academy Awards, he is brilliant comedian and we need comedy in this depression. Eddie Murphy will say something off that will offend someone. He is too blunt!

      September 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amom

      Love Eddie Murphy! Although I hate awards shows I would at least check in just to see him.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |

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