Eddie Murphy to host 2012 Oscars

It's official! Fast-talking comedian Eddie Murphy will compere the 2012 Oscar ceremony on 26 February.

Confirmation came from the show's producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer.

Don't expect the F-bombs of Beverly Hills Cop , though. Both producers say the show will remain family-friendly.

"This guy was in Shrek ," Ratner told USA Today . "He's done family movies for the past 10 years. He's done Oprah."

"He's very smart and knows this is very much of a family type of show," added Mischer.

“I am enormously honoured to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” Murphy said.

Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the 2011 show.