Ellen DeGeneres to Host Oscars
September 8, 2006 by Kath Skerry
It’s a very Ellen morning here on Give Me My Remote. Our favorite funny lady has just been announced as the host of the 79th Annual Academy Awards which will air in February. I think Ellen is a fabulous choice, and she proved herself worth when hosting the twice postponed Emmys back in 2001. YAY Ellen!
More on the announcement after the jump.
Saying “my head is spinning right now,” Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday was named host the 79th Academy Awards telecast, to air Feb. 25.
Laura Ziskin, who’s the producer of the show, first came up with the idea while watching DeGeneres host the 2002 Emmys.
“I was so blown away by her,” Ziskin said.
That kudocast had been twice postponed, due to the Sept. 11 terrorist and then by the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. DeGeneres still did a gangbusters job, getting thumbs up from critics and audiences.
The announcement comes relatively early in the season; sometimes the host is not named until December. Ziskin said, “I made a decision early and I wanted to get her involved as early as possible. I feel she’s such a wonderful writer. I’m over the moon about it.” DeGeneres marks the sixth host in six years: Since the 74th ceremony in 2002, the hosts have been Whoopi Goldberg (the first time Ziskin produced the show), Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart.
Though she has never appeared on the Oscars, even as a presenter, DeGeneres has twice been solo host of the Primetime Emmy Awards; she also co-hosted the show in 1994. And she hosted the Grammys in 1996 and ’97.
Despite being a kudocast veteran, DeGeneres said, “There are so many award shows, but the Oscars are still the epitome of awards. Every year I hope to do it. Thank God they asked me!”
She won’t interrupt tapings of her daytime talkshow — for one thing, February is sweeps month. “I’m used to doing a bunch of things at once,” said the performer. “I’m fine with that. I’m just going to have to conserve my energy. My show is a priority, but Laura and I want to make the Oscar show great.”
She added that DeGeneres has a quality that is rare but crucial for an Oscar host: “You’re as happy to see her in Hour Three of the show as you are in Hour One.”
DeGeneres said, “It’s great to have this much notice” and said she will start work immediately. She hopes to bring to the Oscars the same qualities as her talker and standup: “A lot of humor is cynical and aggressive and audiences are so jaded. I’m hoping to get rid of that.”
The syndicated talkshow “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this year won its third Emmy for talkshow, with DeGeneres taking home her second Emmy for talkshow host.
“She just sparkles,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Sid Ganis in a statement. “She is such a pleasure to watch. Her wit cuts to the truth of things, but in a wonderfully warm-spirited way. I think she’ll be a fantastic host for this show and we’re extremely pleased that she’s agreed to do it.”
The ceremonies will be held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and broadcast live on ABC, beginning at 5 p.m. (PST), with a half-hour arrivals segment.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)