08/02/2013 01:51 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Reasons Ellen DeGeneres Hosting The Academy Awards Is The Best Thing Ever

It's official: Ellen DeGeneres announced on Twitter this morning that she will host the 2014 Academy Awards. Cue the collective excitement.

There's no doubt DeGeneres will do a great job -- after all, she was nominated for an Emmy in the (now nonexistent) Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program category for hosting the Academy Awards in 2007. But beyond her general hosting expertise, there are plenty of reasons why America's favorite talk show host will actually make the Oscars fun to watch -- and we've rounded up 10 of them here.

1. After years of men hosting the show, it's great to have a gay woman take the lead.

2. Celebrities love her -- even Justin Bieber.

3. It's another sign the Academy is moving in the right direction, especially since the Academy just elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs, their first black and third female president.

4. She'll probably put Sophia Grace and Rosie on red carpet duty, which is guaranteed to be entertaining.

5. Women viewers won't cringe every time she speaks ... which is more than we can say for last year's host.

6. Wherever Ellen goes, a dance party follows. And dance numbers are gold during awards shows. (See Neil Patrick Harris' Tony Awards opening number for reference.)

7. Ellen knows how to be genuinely funny without insulting anyone.

8. There's always the possibility that she will try to scare celebrities as they give their acceptance speeches.

9. Portia will be there. #TrueLove
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10. Plus, Ellen is basically perfect in every way.



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