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It took a long time.
Eddie Murphy legendarily returned to the entertainment world in 2019 after slowing his pace for most of the past decade. The star started as one of the best stand-up comedians of all time before moving to box office successes like The Nutty Professor, Shrek, and Coming to America.
In 2019 alone, he played the lead role in Dolemite Is My Name, returned to the Saturday Night Live stage after more than 30 years, and began producing the highly anticipated sequel Coming 2 America. His legendary work is finally recognized and he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual Critics & # 39; Choice Award in 2020.
Taye Diggs will again take on the role of host this year, and Kristen Bell will also be honored with this year's fourth # SeeHer Prize.
"Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful African American actor in the history of the film business and one of the five best box office artists in the industry overall," said a press release for the event. "Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in several hundred million dollar images over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care. Some of his other favorite hits are 48 Hours, Trading Places and Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Distinguished Gentleman, Bowfinger, The Nutty Professor and Shrek. "
Eddie recently opened Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon about his return to the big screen and what it was like to be back at SNL after all these years. "It's like going back to old high school or going to college because it's exactly the same system that exists," he said. "It's a bit surreal. Thirty-five years since I got back. I went to the 40th. Thirty-five years since I actually did the show."
The actor is not only awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, but also nominated for his role in the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name as best actor.
The Critics & # 39; Choice Awards will air on Sunday January 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the CW Television Network. ET.
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