Eddie Murphy has been picked to host the Academy Awards in February. Murphy’s selection marks a return to having a comedian host the ceremony, after the odd choice of actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosting last year to horrible reviews. Billy Crystal, who hosted the Oscars eight times (first in 1990 and last in 2004), mentioned recently that he’d like to return to the host the show. Apparently the Academy had other plans. The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday February 26, 2012 on ABC.