Steve Martin's tips for Oscar host
Steve Martin has penned an open letter to fellow comedy star Eddie Murphy - offering words of advice for his turn hosting the Oscars.
Eddie, 50, is set to host the ceremony for the first time this year.
Steve, who has presented the Oscars on three occasions, wrote: "Whatever you do, don't have a co-host, they're a big pain."
He joked: "Start slimming down now. You look kinda paunchy in Norbit (the film where Eddie donned a fat-suit)."
He added: "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 or I can get away with smuggling out an Oscar in our pants."
He added on his website: "Remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 livebloggers rip you to shreds."
Steve said that Eddie deserved an Oscar for Bowfinger, the 1999 movie they made together.
Academy Awards producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced Eddie in the presenting role earlier this month, calling the 50-year-old "a comedic genius; one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever".
Eddie was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for his supporting role in Dreamgirls.