We all know Ellen DeGeneres loves to dance — she even led a whole chorus full of tuxedo-clad dancers for her first Oscar promo. But will the comedian join the likes of former Oscar hosts like Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, and Billy Crystal, who all started the show with a little musical salute? Well, we will have to wait until Sunday night for that answer, but in the meantime, enjoy this clip of some of our favorite moments from past Academy Award opening numbers. And thanks again, Seth, for the EW shout-out in your number. We’ve already decided that when you host the Oscars again in 2018 it will be the best ever! READ FULL STORY
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The Oscars have gone from naughty to nice.
Ellen Degeneres will be taking over the emcee duties for the March 2 Academy Awards telecast, her second turn overseeing Hollywood’s biggest event. She announced the news via Twitter: “It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”
Degeneres returns to the Oscar stage as the kinder, more self-deprecating comedian compared to Seth MacFarlane, who brought some much-needed edge but also divided some viewers with his more acidic, raunchier comedy style when he hosted last February.
“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say — the third time’s the charm,” DeGeneres joked in a statement released by the Academy.
Powerhouse Chicago and Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron knew for years they wanted to produce the Academy Awards. Appropriately, in fact, The Bucket List co-producers had it on their own bucket list. Check!
Named on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as producers of next year’s 85th annual awards ceremony, Zadan and Meron hinted to EW.com their hopes for the telecast (an emphasis on music and personal emotion), set to air live Feb. 24 on ABC. The lifelong musical lovers – Meron just watched a favorite, West Side Story, on Blu-ray the other day – have produced dozens of film, TV and theater projects ranging from 2002 Oscar winner Chicago, NBC Broadway TV show Smash, Broadway revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and 2007’s Hairspray and Footloose remakes. Zadan co-produced 1984’s beloved original Footloose. The pair has been nominated for eight Emmys, but no Oscars.
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