It is official: Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Academy Awards, aka the Oscars.
The announcement was made by producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. ‘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,’ they said.
‘There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity,’ they continued. ‘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.’
Ellen has released a statement saying that she is ‘excited’ to host the Oscars for the second time. She had previously hosted the show in 2007.
The Academy Awards will be presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 2, 2014.