Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the 2014 Oscars. The 2014 Academy Awards, a presentation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. This will be the second time Ellen DeGeneres has hosted the movie awards show. “The producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, caused some backlash last year after giving the job to Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the “Family Guy” animated show on the Fox network. Mr. MacFarlane received some harsh reviews for his crude humor. But ratings were up, especially among the younger viewers the Oscar telecast had been losing.”
They are giving the job to a comedian again, hoping to continue the upward trend in ratings. A good hedge except that MacFarlane’s appeal reaches beyond his comedic skills.
On Ellen DeGeneres:
Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, television host and actress. She has hosted the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003.
As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, for which she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the only time a voice performance has won a Saturn Award. She was a judge on American Idol in its ninth season. DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys.
She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, DeGeneres came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Shortly afterwards, her character Ellen Morgan also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues including the coming out process. She has won thirteen Emmys and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.
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