The Oscars

Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that comedienne, actress, and TV personality Ellen Degeneres will return to host the Oscars for the second time Sunday March 2, 2014.

DeGeneres first hosted the awards back in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.” (Honestly, I didn’t know you could win an award for hosting an awards show… huh.)

Ellen’s syndicated daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has earned her 45 Daytime Emmys over the course of its 10 year run. Her critically-acclaimed sitcom Ellen (originally called These Friends Of Mine) made her an international sensation when she came out as a lesbian onscreen and off in the show’s famous “Puppy Episode”.

Lately, she’s probably best known for her voice over work in PIXAR’s Finding Nemo as the adorable, yet forgetful blue tang, Dory. DeGeneres recently announced she’d be reprising this role in the long-awaited Nemo sequel: Finding Dory, due in theatres November 2015.

Here’s what Zadan and Meron had to say about the choice of DeGeneres for host:

We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars. 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.

As for Ellen’s reaction?

I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.

Anyhoo, here’s her monologue from 2007, just to refresh everyone’s memory:

Source: Coming Soon

Word is out that the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences is going to announce their pick for host of the 2013 Academy Awards and it’s none other than Seth MacFarlane. Deadline’s Nikki Finke has word from reliable sources that the announcement will take place later today.

“I’ve just learned that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences will announce today that TV’s Seth MacFarlane who masterminded 2012′s huge comedy movie hit Ted will host the Academy Awards. It now looks  like MacFarlane’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live‘s premiere for this fall season was a tryout. He did well, especially during his standup where he sang and did voices and looked great and was thoroughly entertaining. Of course during the Emmys he didn’t find his mark and stood on the stage awkwardly when he was a presenter. But, that said, it’s an inspired choice by the Academy to choose this actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director, and singer. He is best known as the creator of Family Guy (1999–present) and as co-creator of American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–present).”

What do you think about that, Saturday Night Live was a tryout? There’s a video below of Seth’s SNL monologue, sorry about the quality, but it’s the only one that doesn’t have some guy making comments through the whole video and I’m too cheap to buy the $1.99 copy from SNL’s YouTube page.

He does some jokes, lots of voices, and sings a little song about the voices in his head. Will his lower brand of humor translate to the Oscars? Picking Seth is a bold move on the part of the Oscars producers. Their obviously trying to tap into a younger market to attract veiwers to what many would call “Your Grandmother’s” type of show.

Let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think in the comments section below.

As I was writing this article the Academy posted the press release below confirming thier selection:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards®, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be MacFarlane’s first appearance on Oscar’s stage. The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” said Zadan and Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”

“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” said MacFarlane. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.”

“Seth is unbelievably talented,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “We couldn’t be happier with the creative team we’ve assembled. With Craig, Neil, and now Seth, we’re off to a great start.”

MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut this summer with the box office success “Ted. “He also co-wrote and produced the film, and voiced the title character. “Ted” has brought in over $420 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

MacFarlane is the creative force behind the television series “Family Guy” and co-creator of “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show. “In September he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, for the show’s 38th season premiere. An accomplished live performer, MacFarlane has played to sold-out audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2011 he released his debut album, “Music Is Better Than Words,” which earned two Grammy® nominations. He also has earned 13 Emmy® nominations and won two for his work on “Family Guy.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Don Mischer will direct the telecast for the third consecutive time. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


Even though the wonderful display at last years Oscar ceremonies by Wolverine were well recieved and elegant, it appears Mr.Jackman will not be returning this year…So Step right up and see the men who wooooooooon the truth!! That’s right, we have a split decision, photo finish, this years Academy Awards will be presented by none other than Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.  How could this come to such a pass, you might ask?…Well…I don’t know -BUT! With Baldwin hot off 30 Rock and SNL’s seasonal MVP its a sure hit with his SNL alum bud, Martin. Of whom by the way hosted the Oscars in 2000. His opening roast of the A-Listers front and center,  and hilarious rip on the newly minted Russell Crowe, was none too pleased… With his reaction being repeated, much to his chagrin, at the roar of the audience.

The chemistry between Baldwin and Martin was showcased in one of the FUNNIEST sketches ever devised on SNL, with them both in the Green Room and during a smug and mild conversation they repeat thwarted assassinations upon each other.

While no one can ever predict the numbers of viewers, this certainly can’t hurt it. Gentlemen, lets see what you can do with a 7 and a half hour live show!