African-American comedian and veteran actor, Eddie Murphy has been confirmed as the host of the 84th annual Academy Awards.

The event, which will take place in LA at the Kodak Theatre on 26 February 2012, will continue the tradition of using well-known and respected American comedians to host the prestigious awards, when Eddie takes to the stage for what will be his first time hosting the event.

FAB hosts from previous ceremonies include Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal.

Of the appointment, the Beverley Hills Cop star Eddie said:

I am enormously honoured to join the great list of hosts.

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