Ellen Degeneres will host the Oscars for the first time in 2007.
The comedienne-turned-US talk show host will take charge of the 79th Academy Awards on 27 February (07) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
DeGeneres hasn't even appeared on an Academy Awards telecast, but ceremony producer Laura Ziskin is convinced she's the perfect choice to take over from this year's (06) host Jon Stewart.
Ziskin says, "Ellen DeGeneres was born to host the Academy Awards.
"There is no more challenging hosting job in show business. It requires someone who can keep the show alive and fresh and moving, as well as someone who is a flat-out great entertainer. Ellen completely fits the bill.
"I can already tell she is going to set the bar very high for herself and therefore for all of us involved in putting on the show."
Emmy Award winner DeGeneres didn't waste any time in accepting the chance to host the Oscars. She says, "When Laura Ziskin called, I was thrilled.
"There's two things I've always wanted to do in my life - one is to host the Oscars. The second is to get a call from Laura Ziskin. You can imagine that day's diary entry."
DeGeneres isn't new to showbusiness' biggest stages - she has twice hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast and co-hosted the show in 1994.
She also earned acclaim for her first solo Emmy stint, which took place shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.