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September 06, 2011  | by: Amanda Clarke

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

After a tragic performance by Anne Hathaway and James Franco at the 2011 Academy awards, producers are looking for a dynamic comeback. What better comeback than veteran comedian Eddie Murphy?

The world bashed Hathaway and Franco for their performance during the Oscars, claiming Hathaway was too peppy and Franco was too uninterested on what was going on. The Oscars is already known for being boring, add two boring hosts in that equation and you have the perfect disaster.  Producer Brett Ratner, responsible for Rush Hour and X-Men: United, is trying not to make the same mistake as the ones before him.

According to Deadline, Ratner has Eddie Murphy at the top of his list of choices for the host position which he will present Tuesday at a meeting with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Eddie Murphy had shown interest before but there is no set deal. It may look a little biased because Ratner has worked with Murphy on the film Tower Heist, so let me quickly remind you, it could have been worse. He could have asked Chris Tucker.

Hosts from last year's Oscars, James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Hosts from last year's Oscars, James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Although I will say, it couldn’t be better timing for Murphy.  Especially with two films due to come out before the ceremony, Ratner’s action comedy Tower Heist, where he co-stars with actor Ben Stiller.  Along with the overdue DreamWorks film A Thousand Words opening in January.   Eddie Murphy might be the fix the Oscar’s need.  He’s a solid comedian and has that particular aura about him that makes audiences feel like their uncle is speaking to them or cracking jokes in the living room.

Hopefully Eddie Murphy will be the 2012 Academy Awards Host.  It will give us, the audience, something more to watch than simply looking to see what the actor and actresses are wearing.  Come on, we all do it.

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