Friday, April 12, 2024

Ellen DeGeneres Gets Oscar Job Over “Insider” Jimmy Kimmel


Ellen DeGeneres will host the Academy Awards on March 2nd. It had been thought that ABC wanted Jimmy Kimmel to host the show as he would just be going into late night competition with Jimmy Fallon. Kimmel is on ABC, and the network is trying to promote him. But producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan prevailed, and now the very popular DeGeneres, who hosted the show a few seasons ago, is back for more. Ellen last hosted in 2007 and received an Emmy nomination for her time. This season she will have a lot on her hands and much material to choose from considering the field already forming. There’s already a strong group vying for Best Actress, and we’ve seen a few possible Best Picture nominees already from “Fruitvale Station” and “Blue Jasmine” to “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “…The Butler,” and so on. Ellen can also promote the Oscars on her highly rated syndicated talk show. She’s a great choice.

Here’s Ellen’s 2007 Oscar monologue:

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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