Academy Awards

Ellen DeGeneres Back To Host 2014 Oscars

Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014 on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “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. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere, and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say — the third time’s the charm,” said DeGeneres.

“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”

“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”

“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”

DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.

Oscar.com Kicks Off Oscar Season With The Return of its Emmy-Winning Digital Experience

Oscar.com,
the official online home of the 84th Academy Awards®, is launching its
award-winning Oscar Digital Experience today with a first look at Billy
Crystal’s return to Oscar’s stage. One of America’s most beloved funny men,
Billy starts the official countdown to the show talking about what the Oscars
mean to him and setting the stage for weeks of extensive coverage on Oscar.com.
The site kicks off with an
interactive timeline and Oscar’s official Blog, which will feature daily
content including red carpet fashion trends from stylists and tips from master
chefs and lifestyle experts on hosting the best Oscar viewing party. Oscar
Buzz, the site’s social media page, will track real-time comments from fans
using #Oscars and #OscarBuzz.
On Oscar Sunday, February 26,
Oscar.com will have live cameras strategically placed everywhere from the red
carpet to backstage and even the Governors Ball, providing the ultimate insider’s
view before, during and after the show. The cameras will broadcast online, as
well as on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
“Last year our team set the bar
high in terms of interactive second screen experiences,” said Karin Gilford,
senior vice president, Digital Media, ABC.com. “ This year we are taking the
best of what we learned and are building on it. Beginning today we’ll take
visitors on an unparalleled journey all the way through Oscar Sunday.”
“Oscar.com is for
the movie fan in all of us,” said Christina Kounelias, chief marketing officer,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The site not only allows us to
share the latest Oscar news, but also connects fans everywhere with 84 years of
unforgettable Academy moments.”

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Straight from the Academy’s
photo and video archives, Oscar.com presents “Oscar History,” an interactive
timeline that includes:
      
Sidney
Poitier becomes the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actor for :Lilies
of the Field”
      
Elizabeth
Taylor with her Oscar for Best Actress in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
      
Muhammad Ali surprises Sylvester Stallone with an
onstage sparring session the night “Rocky” wins Best Picture
      
Tom
Hanks takes home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Philadelphia.”
      
Matt
Damon and Ben Affleck charm audiences the night they win the Academy Award for
Best Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.”
      
Hobbits,
Hobbits Everywhere… Peter Jackson is accompanied on stage by cast and crew
members of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” when he accepts the
Academy Award for Best Picture.
On Nominations morning, January
24, Oscar.com welcomes back Internet personality Shira Lazar, who will kick off
the first video installment of “Oscar Buzz” by covering reactions from the
social media world. “My Oscar Picks” will also go live. This interactive
play-along game offers fans a chance to test their Oscar prediction skills. On
Oscar Sunday, users will have the opportunity to play along during the telecast
and predict category winners ahead of the opening of the envelopes.
On January 29, “Oscar Buzz”
kicks off “Oscar Talks,” a four-part video series focusing on the Actor,
Actress, Directing and Best Pictures categories.
Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger returns on
February 1
to
Oscar.com with “Nominated…with Dave Karger.” The 10-episode series will
provide the ultimate film buff’s analysis of the Best Picture race.
It’s all glamour and glitz
beginning February 11. “Best Dressed” launches with Rachel Smith, host of “On the
Red Carpet,” doing interviews with stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists,
as well as covering live events, and of course, offering post-show analysis of
Oscar night fashion.
The 84th Academy Awards will be
presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and
Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.