How The Academy Nabbed Ellen – Tweet By Tweet

Oscar producer Neil Meron took to Twitter today to break down how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences went about securing Ellen DeGeneres to host the 86th Oscars. It’s the appropriate venue since they used the social network to have DeGeneres announce she would take the gig. The “whirlwind 48 hours” began Wednesday afternoon, Meron writes, when he and fellow producer Craig Zadan pitched the idea to Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who had been elected to the post less than 24 hours earlier. “Cheryl and @TheAcademy loved the idea of @TheEllenShow as #Oscars host and endorsed it“, he wrote. The pair asked DeGeneres on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday “she called & said “I’m in!”, he wrote. Then they decided to break the news on Twitter, which DeGeneres did first thing today.

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  1. If Meron thinks this story is newsworthy, I think we’re going to be in for an even duller Oscarcast than last year.

    At this point I’d even endorse Rosie O’Donnell’s brand cray-cray over an Ellen repeat.

  2. I agree, it’s not a great catch. She’s a solid host but it’s a boring, safe choice. I thought MacFarlane was a more interesting host; was hoping he would return (with some better writing)

  3. Zadan and Meron produced the worst Oscar show ever last year and their giant egos were on full display doing musical numbers from their own production of Chicago. They should be banned for life from ever producing this show again. How they got the gig this year is a mystery that needs to be investigated. Hawk Koch had no right to hire them his term was up and he broke protocol by hiring them. It’s disgraceful and they are terrible. Ellen will be good this year but the show itself will be another overly long cringefest because these two have no right to be producing it again.

    1. This guy Jon Stewart has slid thru vanilla unscathed. Nobody cares and he’s afraid of controversy. Time to get him out of the lexicon.

  4. Agreed with comment above by Oscar. The last few Academy Award shows have been tasteless, try hard and pure cheese. Where’d the prestige, class and wit go? An MTV award show is classier nowadays.

    1. ” An MTV award show is classier nowadays.” No, it is not. MTV award shows are pure, utter heaping piles of trash.

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