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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 6, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars

Well, this is news. Deadline.com reports that Eddie Murphy has agreed to host the 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony. Rumors had been flying about Billy Crystal (who, according to Deadline, will indeed be part of the ceremony in some major way), and I’m a little disappointed that’s not happening, but am pleased that the Academy has seen the error of last year’s ways (i.e. James Franco and Anne Hathaway) and gone back to the reliable stategy of hiring a comedian to do the honors. Brett Ratner, producer of this year’s ceremony, worked with Murphy on the heist comedy “Tower Heist” (coming later this fall) and is said to have only offered Murphy’s name to Academy president Tom Sherak. Looks like a done deal; official announcement from the Academy will come shortly. What do you think of the choice?
(Update: Yes, it’s official.)

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