It seems the Academy has given up on wooing a young audience for its Oscars telecast. After somewhat striking out (in other people's opinions) with hip hosts Chris Rock and Jon Stewart, the high council of self-congratulation has picked Ellen DeGeneres as the emcee for the 79th annual Academy Awards, which will take place on February 25, 2007. Like many other people under the age of 30 (this will be the last year I can say this), I don't find Ellen to be very entertaining or, more importantly, very funny. If it weren't for my love of the movies, I'd be completely ignoring the next Oscars.

From the look of the films coming out in the next few months (i.e. the ones that will likely be nominated for Oscars), I don't expect Ellen to be the worst or most boring thing about the Oscar ceremony, so perhaps she will stand out in some way. Actually, I think the Academy should already be putting favor towards the older contenders like Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, etc. Obviously the audience for the broadcast is going to be older now, thanks to the choice of host, so why confuse them with people like Derek Luke, Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon.

Oh, and only some of the older people will be watching. The conservative elders will be boycotting Ellen for being gay (actually, I wonder if this choice is all an apology for Brokeback Mountain losing Best Picture last year).