Though the vast majority of this year's likely Academy Awards nominees haven't even hit theaters yet, Oscar season has officially begun. On Friday morning, Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter to announce that she has accepted the chance to host the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony.
In many ways, DeGeneres is the most logical choice imaginable for the gig after Seth MacFarlane's polarizing performance last year. (Assuming, of course, that Tina Fey and and Amy Poehler already said, "Thanks, but no thanks.") Though MacFarlane reportedly turned down the opportunity to host the Oscars for a second time, it's hard not to read DeGeneres' selection as a partial rejoinder to his polarizing performance, which was deemed by many critics to be both too racy and too sexist — two things that that the family-friendly DeGeneres is emphatically not. But MacFarlane aside, DeGeneres remains one of the better-received Oscar hosts in recent memory; her 2007 gig earned her both warm reviews and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 2, 2014.
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