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soxxy
09-06-2011, 08:21 PM
Haven't heard much from him lately. He has to be better than Hathaway and Franco.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/the-oscars-tap-eddie-murphy-as-host/

Andora
09-06-2011, 08:23 PM
How random.

BigB08822
09-06-2011, 08:37 PM
Very random. He must have a book or new movie coming out...

Jenny
09-06-2011, 08:41 PM
He's a relatively recent nominee, he's funny and he pulls in a broader demographic than the usual Oscar audience - how many fit that bill?

Habs
09-06-2011, 08:45 PM
I heard on the radio this morning that he's currently working on a project with the director of the Oscar broadcast, so it might not be all that random.

Rex
09-06-2011, 08:50 PM
Wow...I thought that he was no longer A-list.

fan
09-06-2011, 08:52 PM
I think somehow we've been transported back to 1988

Nan
09-06-2011, 08:57 PM
Hasn't he hosted an awards events before? Was it the Oscar's?

I have a dim memory of him doing a good job with this kind of thing.

Jenny
09-06-2011, 09:02 PM
Hasn't he hosted an awards events before? Was it the Oscar's?

I have a dim memory of him doing a good job with this kind of thing.

According to imdb, he hosted the 1993 MTV awards and also an Emmys show before that. He's been a presenter many times, most recently on the Oscars a couple of years ago.

It's actually probably a good choice - he's funny, he's a known name, he can do live shows, and has the cred of being a recent nominee.

Andora
09-06-2011, 09:03 PM
Hasn't he hosted an awards events before? Was it the Oscar's?

I have a dim memory of him doing a good job with this kind of thing.

According to Wikipedia, he hosted the MTV move and music video awards in 1993 and 1985 respectively. Extra trivia: Bette Midler and Dan Akryod hosted the 1984 awards. I'm not sure why that surprises me, as I know Bette was pretty big in the '80s. (LOVE her)

I loved Eddie's stand up, even if his more recent movies past Dreamgirls have been ehhhh. I hadn't thought about him in a few years.

Nan
09-06-2011, 09:06 PM
Thanks, both of you! :)

Beefcake
09-06-2011, 09:19 PM
Good choice. Murphy's hosting seems solid ... doesn't give one a "ooh, could be great but could be a Lettermanesque trainwreck".

There have been far too many "experiments" over the past ~15 years ... falling flat with too deadpan Letterman, too hateful Whoopi, too smug and referential Jon Stewart, and of course this year's underbaked duo.

Sigh, not everyone can be Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, or Bob Hope.

Habs
09-06-2011, 09:37 PM
Sigh, not everyone can be Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, or Bob Hope.

Or Hugh Jackman, who was a great host!
Still, I wouldn't be upset if Billy Crystal hosted every year.

Vash01
09-06-2011, 10:53 PM
I miss Billy Crystal. He was the only Oscar host I truly liked.

We will see about EM. He is a funny and talented actor, but can he be a good Oscar host? I hope so, for the sake of the viewers (including me).:)

Rex
09-06-2011, 10:54 PM
Looking back, I thought Bob Hope was awful, with his cornball jokes.