Ellen DeGeneres first hosted the Oscars back in 2007 for the 79th Academy Awards. She became the first openly gay or lesbian person to land the gig and earned an Emmy nomination for her work. The 55-year-old entertainer finally received another invitation from the Academy to do it all over again. Hopefully, she wasn’t waiting by the phone. Waiting for the second date call is always the worst ;)
DeGeneres broke the news via Twitter saying, “It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said she was the perfect choice as “there are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity.” Those who weren’t fans of Seth Macfarlane’s edgier and acidic performance will be happier with Ellen at the helm for the 86th annual Academy Awards. DeGeneres will be seen as a safer pair of hands.
Too bad, Hugh Jackman isn’t back. Loved the telecast from his year. It was the gayest Oscar ceremony in recent memory. As much as I love Ellen, I wasn’t overly impressed with her first outing. Hopefully, she’ll be more at ease with first time jitters out of the way. Check out her first Oscar opening monologue below.