It seems like the Academy is making a serious effort to makes the 2012 Oscars somehow worse than last year’s clusterfuck. First, they hired Brett Ratner whose name inspires confidence in no one except for Brett Ratner. Then last week we learned that Ratner wanted his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy to host the ceremony. Now Deadline is confirming that Murphy will MC next year’s show and I am confirming that I have somehow found a way to be even less interested in the Oscar telecast.
I have multiple problems with Murphy. First off, he hasn’t top-lined a good film since Bowfinger. Second, he hasn’t taken a chance since his dramatic supporting role in Dreamgirls didn’t win him an Oscar. He doesn’t really try to give comic performances any more and phones in awful family comedies. Finally, and this one is just a personal preference, I think an Oscar host should have the ability to do self-deprecating humor to balance the jokes he or she is going to make at the audience’s expense. That’s never been Murphy’s style. The only upside to this news is that we get to see how Murphy does stand-up on a big stage a scant 24 years after Raw.