According to Deadline, producer Brett Ratner has just one name on his wish list this year -- Murphy's -- and is expected to present his top host choices to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in a meeting on Tuesday.
Hathaway and Franco were universally panned for their performances as Oscar co-hosts last year -- her for being too peppy, him for being too blase -- so choosing a well-known, experienced comedian for the job could please the critics.
Deadline's report says Murphy has shown "interest," but it is by no means a done deal. It's good timing for Murphy, as he has two films coming out before the ceremony. Murphy was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor statuette in 2005 for his performance in 'Dreamgirls.'
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