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Eddie Murphy Is 'Floating' After Winning His First Emmy Award

Eddie Murphy is a first time Emmy winner!

The 59-year-old actor picked up his first trophy from the Television Academy this weekend, winning for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his Saturday Night Live hosting gig.

Eddie won the honor over Adam Driver, Luke Kirby, Dev Patel, Brad Pitt, and the late Fred Willard.

After hearing that he won, Eddie recorded a special message and showed off his Emmy, which sits next to his Grammy, and some other awards.

“Thank you to everybody at the Emmys,” he shared. “Thank you so much for giving me an Emmy. I don’t have an Emmy. It’s been 40 years since I started Saturday Night Live, this is my first Emmy, so thank you so much.”

Eddie added, “This was a very, very special thing for me to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I’m still floating from it.”

This wasn’t the comedian’s first Emmy nomination. Eddie had been nominated four times before, starting in 1983.

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Eddie Murphy Wins His First Ever Emmy Award!

Eddie Murphy is an Emmy winner!

The 59-year-old actor won the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his Saturday Night Live hosting gig during the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday (September 19).

Eddie returned to SNL for the first time in 35 years to host the show back in December. His episode gave the show its highest ratings in over two years.

Also up for the award was Adam Driver for Saturday Night Live, Luke Kirby for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Dev Patel for Modern Love, Brad Pitt for Saturday Night Live, and the late Fred Willard for Modern Family.

This was the fifth Emmy nomination for Eddie. His last nomination was 21 years ago in 1999 for outstanding animated program (for programming one hour or less) for Fox’s The PJs.

Congrats Eddie!

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Director Adil El Arbi Says 'Beverly Hills Cop 4' Is Still Happening

Beverly Hills Cop 4 is still a go, according to its’ director.

Eddie Murphy‘s Axel Foley will still be part of the next installment in the popular film franchise, which is set to be released by Netflix.

“We’re still involved in that project, and there’s a screenwriter now on it that’s going to try to write a first draft or a first treatment at least with the story,” the director shared with Digital Spy. “So we’re going to see what the first version will be, but we’re very excited and hope that we can work with another icon like Eddie Murphy. That’d be great.”

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have been tied to helm the film since 2016, although progress on the movie has been slow.

Learn all we know about the upcoming movie now!

Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Wants to 'Shoot Her Toe Off' For Turning Down This Movie Role

Renée Zellweger, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Lopez are on the cover of Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood issue!

Here’s what the stars had to share with the mag…

Jennifer, on passing on the leading role in the movie Unfaithful: “I should have known that Adrian Lyne was going to kill it, but I didn’t. Diane Lane was so perfect for it, and it was obviously meant to be her, but when I think about that, I was offered it, and I had the opportunity…. I want to literally, like, shoot my toe off. I do.”

Eddie, on taking a break from Hollywood: “About eight years ago. I said it’s time to take a break and not really be pushing at movies. Getting it right with the director and the writers and having everything work together…that takes a lot of effort, and it’s strenuous. I had gotten to the point where I was just so burned out on the process of making a movie that if I was a little boy, I would have started crying.”

Renee, on doing things on her own terms: “No one’s going to invite you to do it. You shouldn’t wait. If it’s something that’s your passion, then do it. That really is the truth. No one’s ever going to anoint you and say, ‘No, no, no, you *do* have the skills to do this, you really *do*,’ even before you’ve checked off all the things on your list that you think will validate you or substantiate you or your desire to participate. There’s always going to be someone who tells you not to do it. Be around a bunch of people who tell you you can.”

For more from the stars, visit VanityFair.com.

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Eddie Murphy Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award at Critics' Choice Awards 2020

Eddie Murphy is accepting a huge honor.

The 58-year-old Dolemite Is My Name actor accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (January 12) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

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“Being able to make a living as an actor is a privilege and a blessing. And to make a living making people laugh, there’s no higher — you’re the luckiest person on Earth to be able to do that. And I’ve gotten to do so many different types of things. I’ve played everything. I’ve been a cop and a robber and a doctor and a professor. And different ethnicities. I’ve been animals; I’ve been a donkey. I even played a spaceship once!” he said during his nostalgic speech.

Dolemite Is My Name also won Best Comedy at the event.

READ MORE: Critics’ Choice Awards 2020 Winners List Revealed!

FYI: Eddie is wearing Dolce&Gabbana.

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Eddie Murphy & Fiancee Paige Butcher Couple Up at Golden Globes 2020!

Eddie Murphy walks the red carpet with his fiancee Paige Butcher at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (January 5) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 58-year-old actor is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his work in the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name.

Eddie was also joined at the event by his co-stars Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Keegan-Michael Key (with wife Elisa Pugliese).

Dolemite Is My Name is also up for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

FYI: Keegan-Michael is wearing head-to-toe Tom Ford. Da’Vine is wearing a Christian Siriano dress.

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Eddie Murphy Says There 'Is No Me' Without This Person

Eddie Murphy is on the cover of W Magazine‘s Best Performances issue, which hits newsstands on February 4.

Here’s what the Dolemite Is My Name star had to say…

On getting into his Dolemite character Rudy Ray Moore’s fashion taste: “The costuming gave the character a pulse. Except the shoes. Those platform shoes, it was more like a throbbing feeling. When you’re in your 50s and you put on platform shoes, your feet are saying, ‘Take these off me.’”

On his first record:Richard Pryor’s That N–r’s Crazy comedy album. That album is why I’m a comedian. It was, Oh, that’s who I am. There is no me without Richard Pryor.”

On his crush growing up:Pam Grier’s were the first adult t-tties I ever saw. It was in the same theater where I saw Dolemite. I was 13 or 14, and it changed my life. And then, years later, I worked with her in a film. It was a little strange—I almost wanted to tell her, ‘Do you know that your t-tties were the first t-tties I ever saw?!’”

For more from Eddie, head to WMagazine.com.

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