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Lots of rumors today that Eddie Murphy is being considered to host the 2012 Academy Awards. It makes sense. He’s very funny and a movie star even though most of his recent movies have been embarrassing bombs. His next one, “Tower Heist,” looks like it will be a hit. And the director of it, Brett Ratner, is the guest producer for this year’s Oscars.

But the Academy may have a long memory. When Eddie, who was up for Best Supporting Actor in “Dreamgirls,” lost to Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) in 2007, the comedian immediately got up and left the Kodak Theater.

Yes, it’s hard to lose an Oscar and look happy for the winner. But that’s good sportsmanship, isn’t it? I was sitting in the back row of the first section of the Kodak when all of a sudden Murphy, with a huge entourage including then girlfriend Tracey Edmonds, marched out. I’m pretty sure it was a first in Oscar history. So called “losers” will often hit the lobby bar and roam around, but they never actually exit the proceedings. Murphy was mad that he didn’t win, and wasn’t going to stick around if no one appreciated him.

Of course, Ratner will know how to work with Murphy to keep him in line, and they could produce a funny, funny show. Pairing him with Billy Crystal would be the best idea, as Crystal has the experience and temperament. And if Murphy leaves halfway through the show, at least Crystal will still be on hand.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. I wish Eddie Murphy would do movies for adults again like he used to and ceases doing children’s films. It would be sad and disappointing if he doesn’t.
    Everyone is ready to give up on him. He has alienated his fanbase for years and has seemingly gone out of his way to make lousy children’s movies, with only the occasional adult film once in a while.

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