Thanking the Critics Choice Association (CCA), the 58-year-old said: "I've been making movies, next year, [for] 40 years. I've been doing it for a minute now and being able to make a living as an actor is a privilege and a blessing.
"And to make a living making people laugh, you're the luckiest person on Earth to be able to do that."
He went on: "I got to do so many different types of things. You saw that clip - I've played everything I've been the cop, and the robber, and a doctor, and a professor, and different ethnicities. And I've been animals - I've been a donkey. I even played a spaceship once... that s*** didn't go too well though.
"That's the one thing when young actors come up to me on the street, they say 'do you have any advice' and I say 'never play a spaceship'.
"But this is perfectly timed, this is a great way - I had a really great year - this is a great way to top the year off and thank you, Critics Choice Association for honouring - you know, giving me something to acknowledge my whole body of work, I really appreciate it."
Before the ceremony, CCA announced that Murphy would be receiving the award in recognition for his 'extraordinary roles over the years'.
The announcement continued: "Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful African American actor in the history of the motion picture business and is one of the industry's top-five box-office performers overall.
"Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care.
"Some of his other most beloved hits include 48 Hours, Trading Places, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Distinguished Gentleman, Bowfinger, The Nutty Professor and Shrek.
"Murphy can currently be seen portraying the legendary underground comic personality Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name from Netflix and recently wrapped production on Coming 2 America, the long-anticipated sequel to the 1988 box office hit."
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