Ellen DeGeneres Extends Academy’s Year of the Woman, Should Lead to Less Divisive Oscars

February's Oscars with MacFarlane, funny or not, were polarizing

At the most recent Academy Awards, women were reduced to a punchline in Seth MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs.” But the coming Oscars will put women in the driver’s seat.

Three days after Cheryl Boone Isaacs became the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 30 years and third in its history, Ellen DeGeneres was named host of the 86th annual Academy Awards, taking place March 2 and broadcast by ABC.

DeGeneres, who is hosting the Oscars for the second time, is the only woman besides Whoopi Goldberg to host the Oscars solo.

That Boone Isaacs and DeGeneres (not to mention Academy CEO Dawn Hudson) are in such positions of prominence isn’t an end in and of itself. The personnel at the top isn’t even altogether different from a year ago, when Hudson was CEO, Boone Isaacs was first vice president and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were in their first year exec producing the show.

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But their presence does enhance the possibility of an Oscarcast that won’t be as divisive as February’s. Whether or not you found material like “We Saw Your Boobs” funny – plenty of viewers did, plenty didn’t – the content unmistakably had a polarizing effect.

It’s not that there’s no place for cutting humor at the Academy Awards, but making a grand swath of people uncomfortable at a night of celebration – expecting them to get the joke against themselves or be labeled spoilsports – was, to say the least, highly questionable.

With DeGeneres front and center, that outcome is much less likely. You actually can be entertaining without being insulting.

Regrettably, some members of society find DeGeneres herself a polarizing figure, for no other reason than being a lesbian. But that is their problem, for not simply finding the simple means for acceptance.

DeGeneres might or might not succeed as Oscar host. Her material and performance, just like MacFarlane’s, is fair game to love or hate. But accepting her for who she is shouldn’t be a question.

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  1. David says:

    Less divisive and less edgy is what we’re all about, art strangled by fear.

  2. MANK says:

    THEY SHOULD HAVE PICKED TINA FEY, SHE WAS GREAT HOSTING THE GOLDEN GLOBES AND SNL

  3. jmgonzalesme says:

    her hosting stint was quite boring and really odd … she made me uncomfortable watching the Oscars.
    – it was nothing great

  4. She’s likable and funny and despite her “orientation” is probably one of the least controversial choices to host. Unfortunately that isn’t always an exciting combination. A balance between her and MacFarlane would be ideal, but at the very least with Ellen hosting the movies will most likely be on more prominent display and less of the host’s ego.

  5. Solution to “We Saw Your Boobs” #OscarsControversy: Seth streaks, Ellen sings, “We Saw Your #Shortcomings.” Thank you, #DavidNiven.

  6. Jan Vones says:

    Excellent choice, a classy, upbeat, witty dame. May be the first time I’ll watch since the 90’s.

  7. Kate says:

    May as well be a man hosting. When is a real woman going to host?

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