Ellen Degeneres Stars in First Promo Poster for the 2014 Academy Awards

Posted Wednesday January 8, 2014 4:02 PM GMT

Let the countdown officially begin! The Academy released its first official poster for the 2014 Oscar Awards on Wednesday (January 8), placing host Ellen DeGeneres front and center.

In addition to the comedian, the night’s biggest star – the Oscar statue – sits alongside Ellen waiting to be handed out to the night’s winners.

Nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards are slated to be announced on Thursday, January 16.

As for the ceremony, stay linked to GossipCenter for full coverage of the Oscars on March 2!