Eddie Murphy to Host Oscar Broadcast (NOT)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by soxxy, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. soxxy

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  2. Andora

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    How random.
  3. BigB08822

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    Very random. He must have a book or new movie coming out...
  4. Jenny

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    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?
  5. Habs

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    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.
  6. Rex

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    Wow...I thought that he was no longer A-list.
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  7. fan

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    I think somehow we've been transported back to 1988
  8. Nan

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    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.
  9. Jenny

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    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.
  10. Andora

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    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.
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    Thanks, both of you! :)
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    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.
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  13. Habs

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

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    Looking back, I thought Bob Hope was awful, with his cornball jokes.
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    Much better choice than Hathaway or Franco, but anyone would be. It's a bit surprising since we haven't heard much from Murphy for a while, but I'd be interested to see him hosting.
  17. KikiSashaFan

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    I still think Anne Hathaway partnered with Hugh Jackman rather than James Franco would have been :kickass:
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    I liked Billy Crystal at the beginning, but at some point it seemed to become all about Billy. There was his monologue and then long movie parodies with him in each clip. It took forever to get to the awards.
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    I agree. Hathaway wasn't terrible, just extremely hyper. Jackman would have been a much better partner, but then, pretty much anyone would have been better than James Franco.
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    I'm not sure this is a good idea. Eddie has done some pretty edgy routines in the past when he did stand-up, and IIRC also has something of a diva reputation. It might get ugly if he wants to do stuff that the producers or writers think is too "out there" for the Oscars....
  21. orbitz

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    Don't worry. Eddie will be on his best behaviors to apologize for "Norbit".
  22. KikiSashaFan

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    Hey, it was still an Oscar nominee :rofl:
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    That was young Eddie. Middle-aged Eddie plays the dad in Disney movies.
  24. victoriaheidi

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    Wait, isn't Eddie Murphy the one who walked out when he lost a few years back?
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    Yes, he has really mellowed out since he has had children.
    I will tune in just to see. I think that EM has earned a shot to emcee and I wish him the best of luck.
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    Wow, I forgot he existed. The last I heard about him was when he had the run in with the policy over the …er… lady of the night.
  27. Jenny

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    Agree - he was on tv a lot when I was young, and I always found his humour rather obvious and generic.
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    Yeah, he was a total cornball. Same with his movies and specials.
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    That's what made him so popular. Everyone in the 1950's was a little cornball. :lol:
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    Hmph. He carried it even into the 80s.
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    The same people were still laughing at him. ;)
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    Err... underbaked is not how I would have described James Franco at the Oscars. Quite the opposite in fact :hat1:
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  33. VIETgrlTerifa

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    I think the problem with the Oscar telecast is that they want the show to be more relevant and "hip" but they have all these restrictions that end up sanitizing the host, so it almost doesn't matter who hosts. I remember how disappointed most people were when Chris Rock and Jon Stewart hosted because they obviously had to hold back on their biting humor. The first step is for the producers to step back (within reason) and allow the host to be himself/herself.

    Despite thinking he's a hack of a director, I can see Brett Ratner allowing the Oscar telecast to be a bit...raunchier. I'm sure the Oscar telecast producers are willing to gamble with someone controversial put up with a few complaints about inappropriate behavior shown on television because that means the show would be somewhat entertaining and worthy morning-after conversation. It still boggles the mind how a show rewarding what is arguably the best in Hollywood entertainment can't seem to entertain people.
  34. soxxy

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    Eddie Murphy withdraws as Oscar host.

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/osc...s-host/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/movies/eddie-murphy-drops-out-of-oscars-telecast.html?_r=1&hp
  35. OliviaPug

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    I vote for Hugh Jackman. He is so extraordinarily talented and funny and versatile.

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  36. soxxy

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    Hugh's booked through January 1 on Broadway.....not sure when Les Miz begins filming.

    (Hugh signing autographs at the stage door, so hot:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhuiaTRGZkk)
  37. orbitz

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    NPH, get your tux ready :)
  38. OliviaPug

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    Oh well.

    Thanks for the link ... he is hot! :smokin:

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  39. overedge

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    I don't know what kind of production agreements the previous hosts had, but if Murphy was apparently only willing to work with one director and no one else, that probably wouldn't have resulted in a good show. It could have deteriorated into host + director vs. everyone else.

    It also looked like the Oscar gig was being positioned as part of his career-rebuilding comeback, so withdrawing from it may not be helpful to him in the future.
  40. genevieve

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    I'm bummed.