Apparently deciding that they should go with a comedian this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that Eddie Murphy will be hosting the Oscars next year, is reporting. “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said film director Brett Ratner, one of the show’s producers. “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.” The show airs on ABC on February 26th.