October 24, 2011 11:44am PT by Georg Szalai
Eddie Murphy on Hosting the Oscars: 'I Don't Feel the Pressure'
NEW YORK - Academy Awards host Eddie Murphy promised that he will stay at the show all night after running off in 2007 after losing the best supporting actor race, in which he was a contender with his role in Dreamgirls, to Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine).
"I'm looking forward to doing it and I promise I'll stay there all night," Murphy said during a press conference for his comedy thriller Tower Heist, according reports.
He also said he doesn't feel nervous at all. "Oscars is a fun thing to do," he said. "I don't feel the pressure. I get to introduce people and stand up straight. Maybe I'll be in a couple silly sketches or something."
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The actor said he hasn't worked on any Oscar material so far, because "no one's got nominated yet."
Murphy hasn't hosted an awards show since the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards. Asked why he accepted the hosting offer, Murphy said: "Never got to it. I've only been to the Oscars two or three times in 30 years."
Tower Heist director Brett Ratner didn't speak about his Oscar producing role during the press conference, according to the report. He and co-executive producer Don Mischer recently told The Hollywood Reporter that Murphy would deliver as host.
The 84th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 26.