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I Heart Ellen: Talk Show Doyenne Degeneres Rocks as Host of the Oscars

Like many others, I was a little concerned how Ellen Degeneres would do as host of the Oscars last night.

After all, Ellen is more of a television personality than one you normally associate with film (granted, yes, there was that star turn in Finding Nemo and let's not forget about Mr. Wrong), but I thought that the talk show host did a fantastic job last night. Dressed in a gorgeous red velvet pantsuit (accented with some white shoes), Ellen reminded the assemblage that they were there to celebrate the nominees, for whom this was a "make or break" evening. "I cannot imagine what you people are going through," she deadpanned.

Oscar host is not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination, yet I felt that Ellen kept it entertaining and engaging and the laughs coming. (Loved the bit about the diversity of the night, including Steve Carell.) She was affable, witty, and self-effacing and her opening monologue was not only hysterical but put the focus on the affair at hand. No movie-style montages in which she inserted herself, no Oscar night song medley featuring the named and titles of the nominees.

No, Ellen did what she does best: talk. Her gift of gab was a welcome addition to the proceedings and a reminder of, yes, the diversity of the evening itself. What other show can proclaim a lesbian host, nominees from around the globe, Latinos, African-Americans, and Asians all coming together? (Hell, what other show would feature a rousing standing ovation for Al Gore?)

Hosting the Oscars may have been a dream come true for Ellen (the second woman ever, after Whoopi Goldberg, to host the Academy Awards), but it was also a dream come true for me: to actually sit and enjoy the award show for the first time in years.

And, in the end, doesn't that make us all winners?

Comments

Anonymous said…
I couldn't agree more.
This was the first Oscars I've enjoyed in a very long time. Ellen was an excellent host and I feel like they did a truly wonderful job celebrating a diverse selection of films, writers, actors and other artists. And having George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese on stage together was pretty freakin' awesome!
Tangi said…
I loved Ellen hosing the Oscars, she's so down to earth and herself. I don't know what's up the critics butts but I read 3 critics that didn't like her at all. This was the most intersting Oscar show I have seen in the last 10 years. I hope and wish Ellen will do them every year.

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