De Generes tweeted (@TheEllenShow), “It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”
In a statement released on www.oscar.org, Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said, “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 went on to say, “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.”
DeGeneres previously hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007 and even received a Prime Time Emmy nomination for her work. Here’s some of her best bits
This year hasn’t been a great one at the movies but hopefully with the addition of Ellen as host this means the ceremony could, at least, be a bit of fun.
The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 2nd March at the Dolby Theatre, in the Hollywood & Highland Center .