Comedian and syndicated talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres will host ABC's telecast of the 79th Academy Awards, which airs Feb. 25. It will be DeGeneres' first time as Oscar host, as well as her first
appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. DeGeneres has, however, been center stage at the Emmys. She twice hosted the prime-time Emmy Awards telecast, and co-hosted the show in 1994.