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Ellen DeGeneres: a night at the Oscars

3 March 2014 by Janina Matthewson

Seven years after her first stint as host, Ellen DeGeneres made the 2014 Academy Awards a night of cheeky quips and engaging repartee.

ELLEN DEGENERES OSCARS 2Ellen has always been a down-home kind of woman. She’s built a career on being relatable; even at its most hilarious her stand-up feels like a brunch-time chat.

Indeed, she opened the ceremony with a quip about the weather. "For those of you watching around the world, it's been raining. Thank you for your prayers."

It's traditional for the nominees and other guests to fall victim to the wit of the host. Ellen picked her target's with a sly charm, ribbing the oldest nominee, June Squibb and past winner Liza Minnelli: "And I have to say, one of the most amazing Liza Minelli impersonators I have ever seen in my entire life.. seriously, good job sir."

At first her relaxed attitude doesn’t seem like a natural fit for the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, but the transparency of today’s media has lessened the impact of glitz and glamour, so perhaps it’s simply time for a relaxed ceremony.

If it’s okay for Hollywood’s elite to open up about their Spanx, it’s ok for the host of the Oscars to spend the night taking selfies...

ELLEN DEGENERES OSCARS SELFIERecord breaking selfies at that; Ellen's crowd shot which including Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, and Kevin Spacey had over 2 million retweets in less than three hours, over taking Barack Obama’s “four more years” from November 2012, which got to a mere 780,000.

The awards season used to be about watching people who were too far removed from real life to be completely real. Thanks to social media, it’s now about watching people who, under all the unachievable good looks and designer clothes, are just like everyone else.

To further prove just how normal the Hollywood glitterati are, Ellen did what everyone watching at home was probably doing. She ordered pizza. And made everyone else pay for it.

As Oscar hosts go, Ellen is unlike the others. She doesn't have the pizzazz of Billy Crystal, she’s not as suave as Steve Martin, and she can’t sing and dance like Hugh Jackman. But what she can do is make you feel like, if you were in the audience, you wouldn’t feel wholly out of place.

And you might get a slice of pizza.
 

ELLEN: QUOTES OF THE NIGHT

"For those of you watching around the world, it's been raining. Thank you for your prayers."

"The real Captain Phillips is here tonight, and the real Philomena is here tonight. And I have to say, one of the most amazing Liza Minelli impersonators I have ever seen in my entire life.. seriously, good job sir." Ellen to Liza Minelli

"I'm not saying movies are the most important thing in the world because we all the know the most important thing in the world is youth."

"I know what you're thinking, 'Ellen that's easy for you to say, you've been chosen to host and that's sort of the highest award there is'. Thank you."

"One of the nominations is Her. And by Her I mean Meryl Streep."

"So many possibilities… possibility number one, 12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists. And now, please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway."