Veteran Hollywood comedian
Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Oscars, telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer said Tuesday, dpa reported.
Murphy, 50, takes over the notoriously difficult job after years in which Oscar producers have tinkered with a series of unconventional hosts in an effort to revive the ratings and fortunes of the Oscar show.
Earlier this year, actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the entertainment extravaganza, while the prior year9s show was controversially hosted by the provocative British comedian Ricky Gervais.
Ratner indicated that Murphy's years at the center of Hollywood culture were key factors in his appointment.
"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," said Ratner in a statement. "With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances, I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February."
Murphy said he was "enormously honoured to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts."
"I'm looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year," he said.
Murphy earned an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his supporting role in Dreamgirls and has performed in films that have earned over 7 billion dollars at the worldwide box office.
Among his most famous films are Beverley Hills Cop, 48 Hours, Shrek and The Nutty Professor.
The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.