Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres confirmed today on Twitter that she will host the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The “Finding Dory” star previously hosted the Oscars in 2007. The annual award show is set to tape a week later than usual, as to not interfere with the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were asked to return as producers for the show.
In a press release from the Academy, Zadan and Meron praised DeGeneres as the pick for year’s host, saying:
“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 Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”
The 86th Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC.