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Eddie Murphy Poked Fun at His Career as He Received Lifetime Achievement Honor at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards

Odette Odendaal
Jan 13, 2020
11:00 P.M.
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Eddie Murphy received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night and accepted the honor with a witty speech.

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The award ceremony took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, with Taye Diggs as host, and the comedian accepted his award with humor.

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While the 58-year-old actor mentioned his almost four decades as an actor, he also reportedly elaborated on what it means to him to bring others laughter, as he said:

“To make your living making people laugh is the highest blessing on Earth. I’ve played everything: a cop, a robber, a doctor, different ethnicities, animals.”

Eddie Murphy accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Eddie Murphy accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images.

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However, Eddie jokingly added that he played other weird and wonderful roles as well, some decidedly less on the wonderful side than others, and shared the advice he usually gives aspiring actors, as he added:

“I’ve been a donkey. I’ve even played a spaceship once. When young actors come up to me on the streets and say, ‘Do you have any advice?’, I say, ‘never play a spaceship.’”

Eddie recently returned to acting after taking a few years hiatus "on the couch." He last appeared in the 2016 film "Mr. Church" and recently made his comeback in the Netflix film "Dolemite Is My Name," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

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Eddie Murphy speaks onstage during the LA Tastemaker event for Comedians in Cars at The Paley Center for Media on July 17, 2019, in Beverly Hills City. | Source: Getty Images.

Eddie Murphy speaks onstage during the LA Tastemaker event for Comedians in Cars at The Paley Center for Media on July 17, 2019, in Beverly Hills City. | Source: Getty Images.

In December last year, Eddie also returned to "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in 35 years to host their Christmas episode. And joked that he would be 97-years-old when returning in another 35 years to host the popular show once more.

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During an interview, Eddie told PEOPLE that he decided to return to the spotlight because the time had come to "get off the couch." The comedian said that he needed to rest after working for decades on end, but "Dolemite Is My Name" ignited the passion once more and "got the creative juices flowing."

Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images.

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In the film directed by Craig Brewer, the 58-year-old actor stars as comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who became a Blaxploitation icon during the 1970s by using the character of Dolemite.

The film received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, and also features Mike Epps, Tituss Burgess, Craig Robinson, Snoop Dogg, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, and Wesley Snipes.

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Last year, when Eddie expressed wanting to return to acting and comedy, Jamie Foxx had a solid piece of advice for the legendary actor he admired since his childhood days.

During the Actor Roundtable discussions last year, Jamie shared that he told Eddie to fix his house before doing anything else.

According to Jamie, Eddie's home is "too perfect," and he needed to sort that out before he could be imperfectly funny because that is where the magic comes in.

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