Eddie Murphy to host Oscars

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Comedian Eddie Murphy speaks onstage at The First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011 in New York City.

Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy will host the 84th annual Oscar ceremony, Academy Awards producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced.

Ratner says the 50-year-old entertainer is "a comedic genius; one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever." Mischer agreed, saying Murphy is "a truly groundbreaking performer [whose] quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host."

Murphy has been on stage since the age of 15, writing and performing his own routines. Since then he’s entertained audiences in popular films including "Trading Places," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Shrek," as well as TV's "Saturday Night Live."

This will be Murphy's first time hosting the Academy Awards. He was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for his supporting role in "Dreamgirls."

Murphy said in a statement Tuesday that he is "enormously honored" to join the ranks of past Academy Awards hosts such as Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg.

The Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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