Ellen DeGeneres announced via Twitter Friday that she will be hosting the 86th Academy Awards, which will air on ABC next March. "I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra," she tweeted. The Academy released an official statement confirming the news, with the ceremony's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron raving, "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."
This is her second time taking the helm at the Oscars, as she hosted the 2007 ceremony. But in case you weren't sure, here are five reasons to look forward to her hosting the show:
1. Her dancing. She opens every episode of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" by dancing with her audience. The Academy Awards, being as stuffy as they are, could use a break form the contrived show tune sequences in favor of a more casual moving and shaking. If she can get President of the United States to shake his booty, she'll have no problem with the Oscar audience.
2. Rosie and Sophia Grace. The two precious, British wannabe pop stars who often appear on DeGeneres's show should totally perform the "Original Song" category.
3. Her pranks. DeGeneres has become known for the pranks she has played on her celebrity guests when they have appeared on her show. Free idea for the opening montage: DeGeneres just scares Oscar attendees in the Dolby Theater bathroom.
4. Her 2007 Oscar monologue was great! And rape joke free (ahem, Seth McFarlane)! It was the perfect ribbing of the celebrity guests while setting a jovial tone for the show.
5. Her costumes. Award show hosts, and particularly the females, typically have a number of outfit changes throughout the show. It's hard to imagine DeGeneres not having a little fun with it all, as she did as host of the 2001 Emmys Awards when she spoofed Bjork's infamous swan dress.