Hugh Jackman: Eddie Murphy Will Be "Fantastic" Oscars Host

Celebrity News Sep. 26, 2011 AT 2:58PM
Hugh Jackman: Eddie Murphy Will Be "Fantastic" Oscars Host Credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Eddie Murphy already has one important star's blessing!

Former Oscar host Hugh Jackman sang the praises of this year's pick, 50. "I think he's fantastic! I've been a massive fan of his since Trading Places," the actor, 42, raved at the launch of the Virgin America Reel Steel airplane. "Besides maybe Billy Crystal, I couldn't think of anyone better. I think he's amazing and I think he's going to be fantastic."

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Jackman isn't the first former host to speak out about Murphy's big night. On September 20, three-time emcee Steve Martin dished out a few tips to his longtime pal on his website.

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"If you feel tired midway through give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him," the SNL alum, 66, joked.

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The 83rd Academy Awards takes place on Feb. 27 2012. Jackman's new movie Real Steel hits theaters Oct. 3.

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