March 3rd, 2014 16:34 EST
Ellen DeGeneres Shines as Host of Academy Awards! Oscars Selfie Brilliant! Video!
"Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres went to great lengths to fill the frame of a cellphone self-portrait with a veritable who`s who of Hollywood stars -- including Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt -- and the resulting photograph was a hit: Within minutes of DeGeneres posting the photo on Twitter, the photo racked up more than half a million re-tweets and 300,000 favorites.
Stepping into the audience, DeGeneres recruited Meryl Streep, Lawrence, Pitt, Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong`o and her brother, among others, to take the selfie with her."
Los Angeles Times
Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres isn`t very funny, (there are no funny female comics), but the Academy Awards doesn`t need a rapid-fire comic soaking up all the attention.
DeGeneres performance was pitch-perfect, understated with only three stunts to liven the proceedings:
The Oscar host had pizzas delivered to the audience during the broadcast, with Brad Pitt, Jesus Christ; I mean Jared Leto and Meryl Streep scoring slices. To top off the stunt she used Pharrell Williams` iconic hat to collect payment.
DeGeneres called Liza Minnelli, who was sitting in the star-studded crowd, one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have seen in my entire life. Good job, sir. This was the most devastating zinger in the history of entertainment, considering Minnelli does look like a man.
And then there is of course the selfie featuring the biggest names in Hollywood, and Lolita`s brother who managed to insert himself in the photo.
Great job Ellen, you made us forget James Franco and Anne Hathaway!