If you thought Eddie Murphy‘s epic comeback was over, think again!
On Monday, the Critics Choice Association announced that Murphy would be receiving their coveted Lifetime Achievement Award during the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. This award is just the icing on the cake of a critically acclaimed comeback for the legendary comedian and actor.
Murphy, who got his big break on Saturday Night Live in the 80s, took full advantage of 2019. In addition to beginning filming on the highly anticipated sequel to the classic Coming to America, Murphy also transformed into comedic legend Rudy Ray Moore in the hit Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name. According to Entertainment Tonight, he has already scored Best Actor nominations at both the Critics Choice Awards and the upcoming Golden Globes.
This is not Murphy’s first time finding success during the awards season. In 2007, he was nominated for an Oscar for his acclaimed performance in Dreamgirls. That year, he scored a Golden Globe.
The actor made huge waves in December when he made his return to SNL for the first time in 35 years. During the episode, fans had the opportunity to see Murphy bring back some of his most memorable characters from his initial run on the show. Murphy’s performance during SNL‘s final episode of the year gave the show its highest ratings in years.
During his comeback, Murphy has also found himself confronting controversies from his past, including homophobic jokes he told during some of his stand-ups. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Murphy expressed remorse for the jokes.
“Some of it. Some of it, I cringe when I watch,” he said. “I’m like, oh my God, I can’t believe I said that!”
The comedian went on to say that they were a product of the time and that he was “just a kid,” saying those things.
The 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards is set to air on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. on the CW network.