Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars

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Posted: Sep 06, 2011 3:09 PM
Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar organizers on Tuesday said they had picked comedian Eddie Murphy to host the Academy Awards in February next year.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," the show's co-producer Brett Ratner said in a statement.

"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 (co-producer Don Mischer) and I want to produce in February."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it would be Murphy's first stint hosting the Oscar ceremony.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Jill Serjeant)