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Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars, again

Get ready for all of the dancing because Ellen DeGeneres will host the Academy Awards again next year. The comedienne/talk show host/voice of Dory from Finding Nemo/spontaneous dancer previously hosted the Oscars back in 2007 when Scorsese finally heard his name called.

Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars, again

Get ready for all of the dancing because Ellen DeGeneres will host the Academy Awards again next year. The comedienne/talk show host/voice of Dory from Finding Nemo/spontaneous dancer previously hosted the Oscars back in 2007 when Scorsese finally heard his name called.

Degeneres announced that she'd host the show on Twitter on Friday morning.

Ellen's first turn hosting the Academy Awards was met with relative critical acclaim. EW recently lauded her as the best host since 1993 not named Steve Martin.

The brilliance of DeGeneres' only stint (so far) as host is that she came off like the anti-Rock — all effusive, chatty charm — while fitting in a nonstop array of of darkly sly jabs. To Peter O'Toole: ''Congratulations on your eighth nomination! You know what they say: Third time's the charm!'' On her childhood goals: ''Most people had a dream of winning an Academy Award. I had a dream of hosting. Let that be a lesson to you kids out there: Aim lower.'' DeGeneres also successfully turned the show into her own little playhouse, whether she was hitting the aisles to give a screenplay to Martin Scorsese (''It's a cross between Goodfellas and Big Momma's House!'') or vacuuming the floor underneath the front row as part of her hosting duties. She also fired off one of the great and most honest one-liners in Oscar host history: ''Let's be honest. It's not that we don't have time for long speeches. We don't have time for boring speeches.'' [EW]

The 2014 Oscars are slated for Sunday, March 2nd. For the 2015 awards, the show will move back to its usual spot on the last Sunday in February.

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