When I was growing up, there wasn’t much that Eddie Murphy was doing that I was technically allowed to watch, save the frequently aired edited-for-TV versions of Coming to America and Trading Places. These days, the comedian is a household name and adored by children, thanks in large part to his role in the Shrek films, and other family-friendly movies (Daddy Day Care, Imagine That, Meet Dave).

It’s not news that Eddie Murphy was the preferred choice to host the Academy Awards in 2012, however, today it became official. According to a press release from The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences, the awards show producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer submitted their choice to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the organization officially signed off on it. Ratner should be used to working with Murphy, having directed the upcoming comedy Tower Heist, in which Murphy stars.

Murphy seems like a solid choice to host the Academy Awards. For one thing, he’s funny. Sure, he’s toned down is humor tremendously over the course of the last decade, trading edginess for something a bit more kid-friendly, but that should actually work to his benefit at the Oscars. It’s doubtful that any kind of Raw-like comedy would fly at the Academy Awards, where things are typically a bit more reserved. Murphy also has decades of experience working in the industry and may be comfortable enough to toss a few playful zingers in the direction of those seated closest to the stage.

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