ELLEN DEGENERES RETURNS TO HOST THE OSCARS ON ABC

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August 2, 2013 
ELLEN DEGENERES RETURNS TO HOST THE OSCARS® 
Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars®
for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on
Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014 on the ABC Television Network. 
“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said
Zadan and Meron. “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 Theater, and in homes around the globe,
will be as excited by this news as we are.” 
“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time.
You know what they say -- the third time’s the charm,” said
DeGeneres. 
“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the
ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs,
Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining,
engaging and fun show.” 
“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to
entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.
“She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a
perfect match.” 
“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of
the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul
Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate
entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie
fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having
her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.” 
DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she
received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Individual
Performance in a Variety or Music Program. 
DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit
syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has
earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons. 
Beginning her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her
hometown of New Orleans, DeGeneres’ acting career in television
included roles in several successful sitcoms before being
offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the
first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to
1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving
Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In
1997 DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as
well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed
“Puppy Episode,” when her character came out as a gay woman to a
record 46 million viewers. 
DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. She
scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her
character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the
blockbuster Pixar animated feature, “Finding Nemo.” DeGeneres
recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding
Nemo,” Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” currently scheduled to be
released in November 2015. 
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be
presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre®
at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC
Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live
in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. 
ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization,
with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished
men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual
Academy Awards-in which the members vote to select the nominees
and winners-the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of
public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial
support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and
endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of
motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick
Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores
and provides access to movies and items related to their
history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves
students, historians, the entertainment industry and people
everywhere who love movies. 
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ABC Media Relations: 
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AMPAS Contacts: 
Teni Melidonian (310) 247-3090 tmelidonian@oscars.org 
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