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OTRC: Eddie Murphy to host 84th Academy Awards in 2012

Eddie Murphy appears in a scene from the film, 'Meet Dave.' (Twentieth Century Fox)

Comedian Eddie Murphy has been announced as host of the 84th annual Academy Awards, according to a statement released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday, September 6.

The awards ceremony will air on Sunday, February 26, 2012 on ABC, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company. It will be Murphy's first time hosting the awards ceremony.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," Director Brett Ratner, who is producing the upcoming ceremony, said in a statement. "With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances -- especially on stage --- I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don [Mischer] and I want to produce in February."

Murphy, 50, stars in the upcoming film, "Tower Heist," which was directed by Ratner. The movie also stars Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck and Matthew Broderick. The action comedy is about a group of men who seek revenge after they find out that they're victims of a Ponzi scheme. It's set to be released on November 4.

Murphy received an Oscar nomination in 2006 for his role in "Dreamgirls." He's known for his roles in the "Shrek" films, "Dr. Doolittle," "Coming to America" and the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise. Murphy is also known for his comedy specials "Raw" and "Delirious" and first rose to fame as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1980 to 1984.

Last year, Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the ceremony.

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