Eddie Murphy is a comedian and actor of great acclaim, whose career spans nearly 40 years. The Critics Choice Association has decided to give Murphy a Career Achievement Award to celebrate this long, successful career.

According to The Wrap, Murphy is also being celebrated for his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore in the upcoming film “Dolemite Is My Name.” The biographical comedy-drama follows Moore through his career as a blaxploitation film artist, musician, and comedian -- a career that mirrors Murphy’s multi-faceted talent.

The film is said to shed light on the blaxploitation era, an era where black artists and actors reinvented cinema and had to adapt and discover new ways to reach a wider, black audience.

Eddie Murphy, pictured November 6, 2019, will reprise his role as wisecracking detective Axel Foley
Actor Eddie Murphy is pictured Nov. 6, 2019. AFP/Angela Weiss

In Murphy’s almost four-decade-long career, he’s been a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," has had several successful comedic franchises, and released several music albums. On the awards front, he was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for co-starring in “Dreamgirls,” and has received numerous Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy nods over the years.

Along with Murphy, Kasi Lemmons, Nia Long, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also being honored. The Los Angeles-based ceremony on Dec. 2 is part of the Celebration of Black Cinema.

Murphy is returning from a brief hiatus to star in, not just “Dolemite is My Name,” but a highly anticipated sequel to “Beverly Hills Cop.” On top of that, he’ll also be returning to his roots, NBC's "SNL," to much applause. This may come as a surprise to some as Murphy has previously been reluctant to return to the show since he left over 30 years ago, reports The Washington Post.

Murphy also has a Netflix comedy special in his lineup, which could only add to his already immensely busy year.