Comedian Ellen DeGeneres picked to host 2014 Oscars

- Comedian Ellen
DeGeneres has been chosen
to host the annual Oscars
telecast in March, the
Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences said on
This would be her second stint as master of
ceremonies for the Oscars. DeGeneres, the
star of her own daytime talk show "Ellen,"
previously hosted the Academy Awards, the
film industry's highest honors, in 2007.
"I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for
the second time," DeGeneres said in a
statement. "You know what they say - the
third time's the charm."
DeGeneres, 55, earned an Emmy nomination
for her performance in 2007 in which she
departed from traditional Oscar hosting
decorum and ventured into the audience for
spot gags, at one point handing director
Martin Scorsese a script of her own.
Whoopi Goldberg and DeGeneres are the only
women to have served as solo hosts of the
Oscars. Goldberg has hosted the Oscars four
times, most recently in 2002.
Last year's show was hosted by comedian
and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane,
who got mixed reviews for his provocative
song and dance routines.
Disney-owned ABC will broadcast the Oscars
on March 2.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary
Milliken and Doina Chiacu)