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It was confirmed last week that faded comedian and actor Eddie Murphy will be the presenter of the Academy Awards in 2012. I’m a little bit late on this, but I found this appointment very interesting, so I didn’t want to let it pass without making comment.There has been much criticism aimed at recent Oscar hosts, particular this year towards Anne Hathaway and James Franco. It is a difficult job particularly as there is pressure to be funny whilst not really offending either the public or anyone in the industry. The Academy Awards are fully aimed at a family audience, meaning humour often ends up being pretty benign. When i heard that Eddie Murphy might be the next host, I felt quite excited about the idea of Murphy returning to live performance.
Traditionally, January is the cinematic dumping ground. A slow month, it is usually the time when the dregs of the past year are put out to seed. That’s in the US. Here in the UK, we are often a bit luckier. The Autumn months in the States are when the Oscar hopefuls start being released, films which we quite often don’t get on these shores until some time later. That seems to be particularly the case this time around. In the next month, we see UK releases of some of the brightest and best of the Academy Award contenders. It’s going to be a great month. Continue reading