AMPAS: Oscar Nominees Luncheon
February 8, 2016
BAFTA: Round Two voting closes
February 10, 2016
11th Annual Final Draft Awards
February 11, 2016
AMPAS: Final voting opens
February 12, 2016
AMPAS: Scientific and Technical Awards
February 13, 2016
WGA: 68th Annual Writers Guild Awards - Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
February 13, 2016
BAFTA: British Academy Film Awards - Royal Opera House, London
February 14, 2016
28th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award
February 20, 2016
AMPAS: Final voting closes
February 23, 2016
AMPAS: 88th Academy Awards - Dolby Theatre
February 28, 2016
Ellen DeGeneres to Host Oscars
She will make her second appearance as the show's emcee on the March 2 broadcast.
Ellen DeGeneres will host this year's Oscars. DeGeneres herself announced the news Friday morning on Twitter, writing, "It's official: I'm hosting the
#Oscars! I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."
The Academy is getting an early start on next year's Oscar show. In April, it rehired producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce next year's 86th Academy Awards, which will air March 2 on ABC. The decision to bring back the two producers was made by outgoing president Hawk Koch, with the blessing of the board of governors, even though the decision is usually left to the current Academy president.
DeGeneres' announcement comes immediately after Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected new president of the Academy on Tuesday. She promptly endorsed the selection of the two producers and said her first order of business was meeting with them to decide on a host.
Choosing DeGeneres, known for her kindler, gentler humor, signals that the Academy's next awards show will have a decidedly different tone than the 85th Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, who drew criticism for routines like his song about actresses' nudity on film.
DeGeneres previously hosted the show in 2007 and earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for her work.
"I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say -- the third time's the charm," DeGeneres said in a statement.