Ellen DeGeneres likes to joke around, and has spoken quite a bit about hosting the Academy Awards again, but today it has been confirmed. Ellen has officially signed on to host the Oscars in 2014. It will not be her first time, she has hosted the show before in 2007. Some sources said that the Academy Awards organizers wanted a “safe” option this year after the much talked about hosting by Seth McFarland. In addition, only two women have ever hosted the Oscars: Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen. Therefore, it is a great thing that Ellen will be back, but it might have been time for another female comedian to be able to host this formidable awards event.
Ellen did give a statement and true to form she was joking in that as well. She stated: “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time, You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.” She added: “I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” DeGeneres is an excellent choice even if it is a bit “safe.” Ellen has a big fan base and she earned an Emmy nomination for her Oscar performance in 2007. She didn’t follow the Oscar rules and just went with whatever she wanted to do. This ended up being spot gags and changing the script all together. Therefore, giving us enough to look forward to next year. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced the 84th Academy Awards show last year, said: “There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity.” Even though, some might see it as, too safe an option to have Ellen be the Academy Award host for 2014.
Hollywood believes that the Academy Awards really wants to go into this, warmer and gentler comedic direction. They are a bit tired of the harsh comedy that Macfarlane brought to the table. They also probably don’t want to insult big stars again. (This did happen during the last award ceremony.) The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “Choosing DeGeneres, known for her kindler, gentler humor, signals that the Academy’s next awards show will have a decidedly different tone than the 85th Academy Awards.” Ellen is in a league of her own, and seems to be able to walk the thin line between insulting people, making fun of herself all the time and being a respectful hostess. An excellent example of her hosting talent was during the Emmy awards in 2001. The ceremony was delayed twice due to 9/11. After this horrendous event it was difficult for any performer to be cracking jokes. Ellen famously opened the Emmy’s by stating: “What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?”
Others are saying that it is not so much about her comedic talent but that it is more about increasing female presence during the ceremony. What do you think? Is it about increasing female presence during the Academy Awards or do you think they really want to have a change of comedic pace? In addition, is Ellen Degeneres really such a “safe” Academy Award host?
The Academy Awards will be aired on March 2, on ABC.
By Georgina Pijttersen