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Oscar 2006-2007: Ellen DeGeneres to host awards this year

The 2007 Oscar awards preparations picking up. Nominations will be announced soon.

January 6, 2006

Ellen DeGeneres will be the Oscar awards night 2007 host this year. DeGeneres currently hosts the talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,”. The show, in 2006, won its third Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show. Ellen DeGeneres has also her second Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host for this programme.

A stand-up comedian and talk show host par excellence, the Oscar Academy believes DeGeneres is the best person to host the awards ceremony. According to Laura Ziskin, who produces the awards ceremony, DeGeneres is a "flat-out entertainer," who "completely fits the bill." The Oscars host needs to be great entertainer without being offensive, and someone who can keep the show live and moving.

Ellen DeGeneres is no stranger to hosting high-voltage award nights. Earlier, she has twice hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. DeGeneres has also co-hosted the show in 1994. She received fulsome praise for her deft and sensitive handling of the Emmy shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

DeGeneres kicked off her career on TV with the sitcoms Open House (1989-1990) and Laurie Hill (1992). She also performed for HBO's Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning and Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now.

On Februrary 25, 2007, the date for the 79th Academy awards (Oscar awards) all her talents will be out on full show. the function will held at the same place and location as last year, the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. ABC will telecast the Oscar prize program live, the 32nd time it will be doing so. The channel has rights to broadcast it for another seven years.

The Oscar 2007 nominees are expected to be announced on January 23, 2007. The nominations will be announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

Among the movies which have appeared in the longlists of 2007 Oscar awards in the category for Best Visual Effects are Casino Royale, Eragon, Night at the Museum, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Poseidon, Superman Returns and X-Men: The Last Stand.

This year, 307 films are in the race for Oscars, the Academy Award prize for Best Picture. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscar 2006-2007 nomination ballots have been mailed to the 5830 voting members of the Academy, thr majority of whom are actors. The last date for receiving the ballots, set by the Academy, is 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2007. As always, PricewaterhouseCoopers will be in charge of organising the counting and finalising.

The live TV telecast of Oscar awards is one of the world's most watched television programmes. J Michael Riva wll be designing the Oscar telecast this year. This is the second time Michael Riva is handling the Oscars job. The whole Oscar awards 2007 programme will be directed by Louis J. Horvitz.

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