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LOS ANGELES — Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy is in talks to host the 2012 Academy Awards Show.

Murphy was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for “Dreamgirls” and had previously hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985.

The Oscars will be produced by Brett Rattner who directed “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: Last Stand,”  and recently worked with Murphy on “Tower Heist” which will be released later this year.

Shadow And Act Reports:

The background story is that Murphy and Ratner have become really good friends since Tower Heist, opening in November, which insiders believe will turn Murphy’s career downward slide around. On top of that, Murphy agents and managers think that it would be a great gig for Murphy given that it will remind people of his enormous comic talent, and will put him back on top.

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