The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have just announced the host for the 86th Academy Awards. Taking on the emceeing duties for the second time is Ellen DeGeneres. This is a safe choice as Ellen is a well-respected and harmless comedian. I suppose the Academy wants to take a break from their edgy approach, as Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s performance at last year’s ceremony was met with somewhat of a lukewarm reception. Unfortunately, serious actresses like Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren didn’t find his rendition of “You Showed Your Boobs” to be so charming.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the official announcement:
We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars. As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.
DeGeneres also confirmed the news, tweeting , “It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” She also joked, “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.” So I suppose that’s the type of humor we should expect at next year’s telecast.
The 86th annual Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network.