Eddie Murphy will be hosting the 84th Academy Awards (the Oscars) on Sunday February 26th 2012.
The comedian was nominated for an Oscar back in 2006 for his role in Dreamgirls.
Murphy's career spans 30 years, with him starting out as a stand-up comedian at the tender age of 15. By the age of 19 he was in the cast of "Saturday Night Live". His big screen debut came in 1982 in the comedy "48 Hrs", though he's probably best known for films such as "Beverly Hills Cop" or, more recently, as the voice of "donkey" in the "Shrek" series of films.
Speaking of the announcement Murphy referenced previous hosts:
"I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others," said Murphy. "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."
The event will be televised globally, though with the time difference between Ireland and LA only dedicated film fans and insomniacs will be able to enjoy the entire event live.