Eddie Murphy's hosting the Oscars next year, and as happy as I am about the news, I can't say I'm at all surprised by it.
I had the chance to chat with Tower Heist director Brett Ratner for MTV News' Fall Movie Preview week, and the filmmaker had nothing but rave reviews for Murphy's work in the heist comedy. (You can read all of his comments in my interview here.)
While we were talking, Ratner — who is executive producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards — teased about his future collaborations with Murphy: "Tower Heist, just like [my previous] movies were great preparation for me to make this movie, this is preparation for me to do something huge with Eddie."
The Oscars certainly qualify as something huge, I'd say, and based on something else that Ratner told me, it's pretty clear why he named the Beverly Hills Cop legend as his host.
"Eddie's not just a comedic genius. He's more of a film historian and a student of cinema than I am or anybody out there," Ratner said of Murphy's film expertise, which one imagines played a big role in his selection as next year's Oscar host.
Read the full interview at MTV News: http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/09/06/eddie-murphy-oscars-host/