Eddie Murphy to Host Oscars!
Deadline has just announced that actor/comedian Eddie Murphy, who turned a youthful 50 this year, has agreed to host the 84th Annual Academy Awards. For years, the Oscars have looked for a host to match the quality of the two great hosts: Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. These guys set the standard for hosting duties with their quick wits, and star power. Since then no one has really come close. (And, no, don’t talk Billy Crystal to us.) Could Murphy be the guy to finally do that? We think he just might.
Until then enjoy these Oscar memories. Bob Hope from 1954:
And Carson from 1980:
The rest of these broadcasts can be found on YouTube.