Oscars 2012: Steve Martin's Letter to Eddie Murphy

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September 22, 2011

Steve Martin, who co-hosted the Oscars in 2010 with Alec Baldwin, posted an open advice letter to the 2012 host Eddie Murphy on SteveMartin.com on Tuesday. In the letter, he gave various tips on how to be a great Academy Awards host. Here is Martin's complete letter:

"Hi Eddie,

I heard you're hosting this year's Oscars. First of all, CONGRATS. Even though you didn't ask for my advice and specifically said, 'please, no advice,' here are a few tips!

Whatever you do, don't have a co-host. They're a big pain and they just end up breaking your SNL hosting record.

Start slimming down now. You looked kinda paunchy in NORBIT.

People always say it's a expand »disgrace that neither you nor I have ever won an Oscar, but they're just being correct.

The losers can feel very sad, so when you're backstage with them, pat their backs, then shake your head sadly. It's a blast!

Fortunately, only you and I can get away with smuggling out an Oscar in our pants.

Remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 livebloggers rip you to shreds.

The accountants that certify the voting? Same chad counters from Florida.

If you feel the show is running long, you're probably thinking of 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, or any of the shows in the '90s.

If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.

Eddie, since you and I are old friends, and I sincerely thought you deserved an Oscar nomination for BOWFINGER, the movie we did together that stands alone in comedy history, from which we got no credit or acknowledgement except large paychecks and drivers and any type of food we wanted delivered to us every day in our really nice trailers, I wish you all the best on your Oscar hosting gig.

Steve Martin

P.S.: The chat between co-presenters is absolutely spontaneous! Hard to believe but IT'S TRUE!"

Murphy will host the Academy Awards on February 26, 2012.

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- Allison Weaver, ChaCha Movies & Television