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Brett Ratner got his wish: Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards, the academy announced Tuesday.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," Ratner, who's producing the Oscars, said. "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 [Mischer] and I want to produce in February."

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