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Published:March 3rd, 2014 16:34 EST
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Ellen DeGeneres Shines as Host of Academy Awards! Oscars Selfie Brilliant! Video!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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.

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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!

Read More:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscars-ellen-degeneres-jennifer--lawrence-selfie-twitter-20140302,0,3402811.story#ixzz2uvszqJco

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