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    Ellen has date with Oscar 2/25/07

    Ellen, meet Oscar
    Posted 9/7/2006 10:37 PM ET

    By Chris Pizzello, AP
    Ellen DeGeneres will emcee the Oscars on Feb. 25, 2007.

    From staff reports
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    September 7, 2006

    Ellen DeGeneres is about to add another awards telecast to her résumé.

    The comic and Emmy-winning talk-show host will preside over the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. It will mark her first Oscar appearance. She has hosted the Emmys twice — the first time came days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    "Ellen DeGeneres was born to host the Academy Awards," said telecast producer Laura Ziskin. "There is no more challenging hosting job in show business. It requires someone who can keep the show alive and fresh and moving, as well as someone who is a flat-out great entertainer. Ellen completely fits the bill."

    DeGeneres' response was characteristically comical: "There's two things I've always wanted to do in my life. One is to host the Oscars. The second is to get a call from Laura Ziskin. You can imagine that day's diary entry."

    She has a tough act to follow. Last year's host, Jon Stewart, was praised for his debut performance, but even he couldn't boost ratings for Hollywood's biggest awards show. The 2006 telecast only brought in 38.8 million, the lowest since 2003. Industry experts pointed to the indie-dominated best-picture field, which failed to produce big bucks at the box office.

    That last point isn't lost on Ziskin. "Ellen is going to set the bar very high for herself and therefore for all of us involved in putting on the show. Now all we need is lots of great movies."
    http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/...res-host_x.htmPosted 9/7/2006 10:37 PM ET
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    Re: Ellen has date with Oscar 2/25/07

    Yay for Ellen!!! Thats so cool for her. And for us the audience.

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    Re: Ellen has date with Oscar 2/25/07

    Great choice!!! Ellen's sitcom sucked, but her stand-up is hilarious!!!


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    Re: Ellen has date with Oscar 2/25/07

    And she does her own stunts!
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    Car crash doesn't mar DeGeneres season bow

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Days prior to the season premiere of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the host walked away from a three-car accident in West Hollywood, Calif.

    E! Online reported that DeGeneres and her girlfriend, actress Portia de Rossi, were involved in an accident Friday with a car carrying two paparazzi and a potential drunk driver, but everyone walked away virtually unharmed.

    DeGeneres, who along with de Rossi reported some neck and back pain, was said to have been civil despite having been rear-ended by paparazzi in the incident.

    "It was like, 'Oh man, we just hit Ellen,'" said X17 photo agency photographer, Josh King. "Ellen, as far as being consoling, was great. She got out of the car and the first thing she was worried about was whether we were okay, which was nice."

    While the Los Angeles Police Department investigated the possibility that the accident was caused by a drunk driver, DeGeneres went on to open the fourth season of her Emmy-winning show -- and the premiere became the highest-rated season premiere for the popular series, said E! Online
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    Re: Ellen has date with Oscar 2/25/07

    Ellen's good, but I wish Jon Stewart was coming back. Oh well, I'll porbably like her too.

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    Re: Ellen has date with Oscar 2/25/07

    I've been saying for the last several years that she would make an excellent choice. Glad to see the Academy finally listened to me.




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    Re: Ellen has date with Oscar 2/25/07

    As long as she doesn't introduce Uma to Oprah and Keanu, everything will be fine...
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    If there aren't any nominations I care about, I'd be interested in watching the show just for her. I really liked the job she did hosting the Emmys.

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