[Producer] Brett Ratner will propose to Academy president Tom Sherak early this week that Murphy host the show. Sherak and the Academy would then have to sign off on the choice. ...
It's no surprise that the producers and the Academy would turn to an actor with standup comedy experience to host, given the lackluster reception for the hosting job done by actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway in February. Although Hugh Jackman received raves when he hosted the show in 2009, the strong feeling within the Academy is that if you can't get a Will Smith or George Clooney to take the gig, it's probably time to return to a host who has proven he or she can work a room.
Murphy did extensive standup early in his career, though he has focused on film in recent years. His history at the Academy Awards is problematic: his first nomination came for "Dreamgirls" in 2006, and he was considered a favorite to win for much of that awards season.
But Alan Arkin scored an upset victory for "Little Miss Sunshine," amid speculation that Murphy's chances had been hurt by the release of the critically-lambasted "Norbit" during the voting period. After Arkin's victory, which happened early in the show, Murphy left the Kodak Theater, with some reports claiming that he'd made his displeasure clear on his way out the door. Two years later, Murphy returned to the Oscars to present the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jerry Lewis.