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Dreamgirls (2006)

Eddie Murphy as "James `Thunder' Early"

Deena (Beyoncé Knowles),Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx) spots the act at a talent show, he offers the chance of a lifetime, to be backup singers for a national star (Eddie Murphy). Taylor takes creative control of the group and eventually pushes the singers into the spotlight. However, one becomes the star, forcing another out, which teaches them about the high cost of fame.

Academy Award (2006) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (2006) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Shrek (2001)

Eddie Murphy as "Donkey"

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Determined to save their home -- not to mention his -- Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to be Farquaad's bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

The Nutty Professor (1996)

Eddie Murphy as "Professor Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Cletus 'Papa' Klump/Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump/Ida Mae 'Granny' Jensen/Ernie Klump, Sr."

Brilliant and obese scientist Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) invents a miraculous weight-loss solution. After a date with chemistry student Carla Purty (Jada Pinkett) goes badly, a depressed Klump tries the solution on himself. Though he instantly loses 250 pounds, the side effects include a second personality: an obnoxiously self-assertive braggart who calls himself Buddy Love. Buddy proves to be more popular than Sherman, but his arrogance and bad behavior quickly spiral out of control.

Golden Globe (1996) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Eddie Murphy as "Det. Axel Foley"

After his childhood buddy is murdered while visiting Detroit, rebellious cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) follows the leads to Beverly Hills, Calif., under the auspices of a vacation. He checks in with old friend Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) and starts to believe her boss, art dealer Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff), might somehow be involved in the murder. However, Lt. Bogomil (Ronny Cox) of the Beverly Hills Police Department does not trust Foley, and hinders his search for evidence.

Golden Globe (1984) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Saturday Night Live (1975)

After being on the air for more than three decades, the essential format of this show hasn't changed: Get an A-list guest host (or reasonable facsimile) and throw him or her into sketches with the ensemble players, which have included such heavy hitters as Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Mike Myers. Each week's show also offers two musical numbers from someone at, or aspiring to, the top of the charts.

Emmy (Primetime) (1983) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Trading Places (1983)

Eddie Murphy as "Billy Ray Valentine"

Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.

Golden Globe (1983) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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