Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres will return to Kodak Theater on March 2, 2014, to be the master of ceremonies of the 86th Annual Academy Awards. DeGeneres announced the news this morning on her Twitter account.
The news about Ellen’s return to Hollywood’s most prestigious night comes two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs as its new president. Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are returning to produce the ceremony for the second consecutive year, after working with host Seth MacFarlane in February. Ellen DeGeneres previously hosted the Oscars in 2007, when “The Departed” took home top honors including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese. Highlights of the night included a chat with Scorsese and a photo-op with “Dirty Harry” himself, Clint Eastwood. The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC on March 2, 2014.