Brett Ratner Wants Eddie Murphy to Host the Oscars

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See, there may be some good to from Brett Ratner’s stewardship over the 2012 Oscars after all.  Ratner and co-producer Don Mischer are scheduled to meet with Tom Sherak after Labor Day to discuss potential hosts.  According to THR, star Eddie Murphy tops the list.  It’s not a done deal, as Humor Mill first suggested yesterday.  But Ratner has a good shot at landing Murphy based on the relationship they built filming Tower Heist, and the move would be great for both Murphy and the Oscars.  The Academy gets one of the world’s most dynamic movie stars, who launched his career on the live stage.  Murphy gets the welcome career boost in a year where the only expectation is to be more energetic than James Franco was.  More after the jump:

Of course, Murphy’s last interaction with the Academy could make both sides skittish.  Murphy was the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor in 2007 for his role in Dreamgirls, but lost to Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.  As the legend goes, Academy voters had trouble voting for the actor they saw in a fat suit in all the Norbit billboards on the drive over.  Murphy’s A Thousand Words opens on January 13, 2012 after years of sitting on the shelf, which doesn’t bode well for much more critical success than Norbit.  More importantly, can Murphy forgive the slight?

Billy Crystal is also under consideration—this would be his ninth time hosting the ceremony.  Even if Murphy or someone else gets the job, the Academy would like to include Crystal in some portion of the broadcast, similar to his tribute to frequent Oscar host Bob Hope at the 2011 Oscars.

Crystal has proven himself as a fine choice, but now that Murphy’s name is out there, I want Murphy, and I will settle for nothing less.  Maybe I’m missing something, but Murphy—even in this dull latter stage of his career—is the perfect Oscar host, right?

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  • Mike

    Yay, maybe he can make a bunch of homophobic jokes like he used to do in the eighties. Cuz that’s, like, hilarious!

    • Strong Enough

      Oh shut the **** up. go cry about it while changing your tampon

  • The Train!

    this would be a high-stakes gig for murphy. he would have to prove that he could command a stage like that, especially after hathaway and franco didn’t do the job. if he knocks it out of the park, it think it would breathe some life into a career that he seems determined to suffocate. (note that i am referring to his career as an actor in live-action films, not a voice-over career in a million-and-one shrek spin-offs.)

  • Tina Temple

    I wish Eddie Murphy would do movies for adults again like he used to and ceases doing children’s films. It would be sad and disappointing if he doesn’t.
    Everyone is ready to give up on him. He has alienated his fanbase for years and has seemingly gone out of his way to make lousy children’s movies, with only the occasional adult film once in a while.

  • Alex-mansy

    The films ‘Norbit’ and ‘The Nutty Professor’ are anything but ‘dull’. Sure Murphy has made some stinkers but the dynamism of his supporting roles as well as his ambition can’t be denied.

    He has grown quite alot from his rather shallow comedy action hero origins and the hostile humour of his youth.

    • Enigmatic

      Wow comparing things like Norbit and The Nutty Professor to classic Eddie ie Coming to America 48 Hours Beverly Hills Cop is just a waste of time. You can call it hostile or shallow but you also have to call it what it really was hilarious.

  • deniropacino

    if Murphy gets to be a “little” mean, then he can knock this out of the park

  • Desert Rat

    If this is going to happen, and I cross my fingers it will, there is one key to success: Let Eddie Murphy BE EDDIE F***ING MURRAY.

    Let Eddie write the jokes. Let him have control. Let Eddie do things that Eddie wants to do. DO NOT HIRE THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE HIS COMEDIES WRITE THIS.

    This is exactly what Eddie needs. And I will definatly tune in.

  • dryer

    Id rather see Bill Murray

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    Maybe these are famous last words, but Murphy can’t be any worse than Franco and Hathaway… could he?

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  • AlexHeyNa

    Eddie Murphy WOULD be great is he can keep class to the act. I don’t think I would want to see the “Raw” Eddie Murphy up there. The Oscars are as classy as it gets, and Eddie is as un-classy as it gets. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s hilarious. I just don’t think it’s a good fit.

  • joe

    ahem…i hope they don’t expect him to bring the funny coz Eddie hasn’t been funny in a LONG while.

    now dave chappelle as host…THAT’s a show i’ll watch.

  • T. Van

    As someone who has studied Murphy’s career, I can say that it would be great to see him serve as host.

    1) He would attract viewers from a wide range of ages (not to mention an even more culturally diverse audience). This is a rare talent who could give shout-outs to former co-stars like Nick Nolte, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers, Dave Chappelle and Mr. T.

    2) As a novice performer, he took umbrage to the backstage culture of awards shows— and contrasted them with those of music artists. Now that he better understands the culture, he could do a great job of both celebrating and lampooning it.

    3) He’s wise enough to make his time funny as well as informative. Would love to see him joke about his classic Gumby parody being in-line with current IP law.

    As long as they don’t ask him to sing (which he might consider a deal-breaker), they might be able to land him for this “role.”

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  • Boo

    Brett Ratner = hack

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