2 August 2013 8:35 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After enduring plenty of blowback for choosing Seth MacFarlane to do the job last year, the Academy has changed course and reverted to what might be the safest possible host for next year's Oscars. THR has it that Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Academy Awards, scheduled for Sunday March 2 and airing on ABC. It will be Ellen's-- come on, don't bother with the last name, we all just call her Ellen-- second time hosting the awards, after taking the stage in 2007 for the awards that honored The Departed and handed Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker the lead acting Oscars. She was already well into her hugely successful run as a daytime talk show host, but hadn't yet undergone her ill-fated stint as a judge on American Idol, if you're trying to remember where that gig fell on the "Ellen ubiquity" scale. These days she's mainly a warm and cuddly host »

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