At the premiere of his new comedy film “Tower Heist” he said he’s “excited” about the job but “hoping not to drop the ball.”
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The film’s director, Brett Ratner, is also producing the Academy Awards and approached Murphy with the idea of hosting.
On the comic’s to-do list between now and then is to watch some movies.
“What’s the front-runner? Who knows?” he asked on the red carpet.
Murphy was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2007 for his performance in “Dreamgirls” but lost to Alan Arkin.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards are Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.