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It’s official: Ellen DeGeneres has been named the host of the 86th Annual Academy Awards exactly 7 months before the ceremony is set to happen.
DeGeneres announced it on Twitter this morning 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,” poking fun at the time limit of the Oscar “thank you” speeches and even the limit of characters in a tweet.
This isn’t the first time that DeGeneres has hosted; she helmed the role back in 2007, which was praised by many critics.
Her opening monologue (see below), which is reserved for hosts to poke fun at the celebrities in attendance and the films nominated, was unique in that she didn’t particularly poke fun at celebrities but also made fun of herself, claiming that she never aspired to win an Oscar but rather have always dreamed of hosting the Oscars, among other things.
Response to the news have been very well-received, given DeGeneres’ experience and the certainty that she will save the show and the role of the host after the much criticized performance of Seth McFarlane, who hosted the show this past February. Much of the backlash was also directed at the producers of the show, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who used McFarlane to bring in younger viewers given the entertainer’s work on Family Guy and his debut comedy Ted.
The 2014 Oscar telecast is scheduled for March 2, 2014.
Here’s the opening monologue from the 2007 Oscar telecast when DeGeneres first hosted.