Seth MacFarlane as Oscars host? Old news. That's because Ellen DeGeneres has been tapped to host the 2014 show.
"It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!" the daytime talk show host, 55, confirmed via Twitter on Friday. "I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."
This isn't DeGeneres's first time as emcee on Hollywood's biggest night — she also hosted the show in 2007. She garnered mixed response from critics with some calling her style too tame. "As she sometimes does on her daytime talk show, Ms. DeGeneres cruised the aisle with a microphone, chatting idly with Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood — bringing a casual Friday mood to Fancy Sunday," wrote Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times."
Others were more approving. "[Ellen did] a crisp and unpretentious job in her first gig as an Oscar host," wrote Tom Shales of The Washington Post. But even he conceded, "Virtually everything about the Oscarcast, except for a few mercifully brief features, was entirely, punishingly too long."
The '07 Oscar show was in line with DeGeneres's typical chatty charm — and while she caught some flak for playing nice with the famous faces in the room, ratings for that show were up two percent over the prior year. We also have to give her credit for saying what a lot of people undoubtedly think: ''Let's be honest. It's not that we don't have time for long speeches. We don't have time for boring speeches.''
As for what not to expect? "We Saw Your Boobs" song and dance numbers (as performed by MacFarlane this year). DeGeneres surely has more tricks up her sleeve than that. We'll be waiting to see what she learned from her first go-around as host during her second shot at the Oscar mic ... and, of course, what color pantsuit she'll be wearing.
The 86th annual Academy Awards show will air Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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