*Last night, the Oscars folk released a trailer for its 2014 telecast with host Ellen DeGeneres, and it features the dancing daytime talk show host in – you guessed it, an elaborate dance number.
“So You Think You Can Dance’s” Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who doubles on “Ellen” this season as an occasional guest DJ, choreographed the group number, while “Bridesmaids” helmer Paul Feig directed the entire promo.
It begins with Ellen adjusting her bow tie and lacing her sneakers. DeGeneres then hits the streets to pantomime “The Walker” by Fitz & the Tantrums—all while showing off her best dance moves, of course.
Before long, 250 tuxedo-clad backup dancers join DeGeneres on the Warner Bros. studio lot – all choreographed by tWitch.
“Paul Feig has a reputation of being hilarious and nice and smart,” the comedienne said in a behind-the-scenes video. “I thought this is a great idea and I loved it. And I want to be in ‘Bridesmaids 2,’ so 2+2: great Oscars promo, ‘Bridesmaids 2,’ cha-ching.”
“I had the best time making this,” DeGeneres added. “I love Paul, I love tWitch, I love Fitz and I like most of the Tantrums.”
Feig, who became an official Academy Awards member this year, then explained the concept of the trailer. “Ellen’s so great. She’s of the people. And I wanted the message to be basically that everyone gets to go to the Oscars this year,” he said.
“I’m a huge fan of Ellen’s. I love what she does and I love the way she does it, the persona she puts forward and the way that she treats people and the causes that she supports.”
The Oscars trailer will run in movie theaters nationwide beginning Jan. 3. The Academy Awards will air live March 2 on ABC.
Watch the promo below.