Variety reports that Ellen DeGeneres will return to the emcee spot for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, airing March 2, 2014 from Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. With Ellen in the house after a seven-year break, we can expect fun and silly song-and-dance, friendly jokes at the expense of the crowds of celebrities in the audience, and hopefully (hopefully!) some off-script hilarity from one of the best improvisers in the business.
I’m really happy about this, if you couldn’t tell. The show can be long (2002′s clocked in at the longest ever, at 4 hours and 23 minutes), but Ellen has the kind of humor and easy way with fellow celebrities that makes the time — if it doesn’t fly — at least so enjoyable that I don’t care.
Ellen tweeted her new gig in her typical style, first with a joke and then a thank you to the Executive Producers and the Academy:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 2, 2013
Executive Producers Zadan and Meron and new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Isaacs (the first African-American woman to fill this role) released a statement full of excitement about Ellen returning to the podium:
“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show. We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show,” Isaacs said.
Seventeen women have hosted the Academy Awards since the ceremonies began in 1929, most recently Anne Hathaway, who shared hosting duties with James Franco in 2011. Ellen first hosted the Oscars in 2007, when she joined Whoopi Goldberg as the second woman to host the show on her own. Whoopi has hosted solo four times, still far behind Bob Hope’s record 19 times, but creeping up on Billy Crystal, with nine.
Ellen is in great company with many other famous women who have graced the Academy Awards stage. Let’s take a look at ten of her Oscars-hosting peers.
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