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Blogged at 11:05 p.m.:
“Oops our bad.” So went the tweet/statement from the Motion Picture Academy explaining how Ellen DeGeneres tweeting out that great group shot of such stars as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum literally crashed Twitter.
The photo tweet broke the record — previously held by a photo President Obama tweeted out a few years ago.
Fortunately, the system was back up and running fairly quickly.
Blogged at 10:15 p.m.:
Nice, classy move by Ellen DeGeneres: After John Travolta butchered the pronounciation of Idina Menzel’s name — introducing her performance of best song nominee “Frozen” (which then won the Oscar) — DeGeneres made a point of thanking Menzel — correctly pronouncing her name — twice.
Blogged at 9:25:
While some may have considered DeGeneres’ schnick bit — having a pizza delivery man bring in pizzas for the stars — a time waster, it was funny to watch Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor relax for a moment and grab a slice.
Furthermore, the pizza party likely connected with the millions having their own Oscar pizza parties across the nation.
Blogged at 9:10 p.m.:
One of the reasons stars love Ellen DeGeneres was seen when she seemingly spontaneously gathered Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and others in the front rows at the Oscars — to attempt to create a selfie that would be ”the most retweeted photo in history”
No doubt she may achieve that!
Blogged at 8:40 p.m.:
Two terrific moments – back to back — came when Darlene Love sang part of the acceptance speeches for “20 Feet From Stardom” winning best documentary feature Oscar; followed by Kevin Spacey coming on stage and doing his “House of Cards” character’s voice as he launched into the recap of the annual Governors Awards.
Blogged at 8:30 p.m.:
The decision to have DeGeneres slip into the audience in general was a nice way to add her brand of informality to the proceedings Sunday night, but it didn’t really add much of a comedic impact. Her attempt to keep a sexual reference joke with nominee Jonah Hill about “The Wolf of Wall Street” likely only confused TV audience members who hadn’t seen the film.
While talking about the element of surprise — she did draw a good chuckle by clearly surprising Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock, by popping up unexpectedly behind them.
One of the best bits was DeGeneres saying she was giving “consolation prizes” to Oscar losers — kicking it off by handing a very game Bradley Cooper a bunch of scratch-off Lotto tickets.
Blogged at 8:20 p.m.:
As expected, Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres used gentle homor and non-threatening tweaks of the rich and famous stars in the Dolby Theatre audience to open the 86th Academy Awards — an approach that continued through the evening.
Among the better banter DeGeneres exhibited was a cute riff on best supporting actress nominee June Squibb’s age (84) — making her the evening’s oldest nominee. After telling Squibb how great she was in “Nebraska,” DeGeneres raised her voice — as if speaking to an aged senior citizen, “I’m telling everyone you’re wonderful in ‘Nebraska.’”
In a sly reference to the large number of repeat nominees this year, DeGeneres quipped about how “much things have changed” since she last hosted the Awards seven years ago. Noting the 2014 nominations of Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Martin Scorsese — DeGeneres got a good laugh as everyone realized those stars were all also nominated during her last Oscar gig.
A somewhat more awkward moment came when DeGeneres singled out Liza Minnelli in the audience as being “one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators. … Good job, sir.”
Minnelli, frequently impersonated by many drag queens, clearly looked irked by DeGeneres joke.
Perhaps she’s heard the gossip — how many have speculated about what appears to be ill-advised plastic surgery Minnelli may have recently undergone.
While DeGeneres did do a “selfie” with Minnelli later in the evening, La Liza didn’t seem too enchanted by the moment, and quickly turned away as soon as the photo was shot.
While DeGeneres’ zingers about Hollywood’s well-documented self-absorbtion with itself didn’t break any new ground, she did get one of her best laughs of the night by noting, her “research” had revealed the 2014 nominees had completed an amazing 1,400 films, “but only six years of college in total.”
Proving she was writing her monologue up to the launch of Sunday’s show, DeGeneres worked in a fun bit about Jennifer Lawrence falling as she got out of her limo arriving at the red carpet — reminding all of her tripping last year as she ran up to accept her best actress Oscar.
DeGeneres was spot on, “suggesting” that if Lawrence wone this year for best supporting actress for “American Hustle,” that “we will bring you the Oscar” in the audience.
Really one of the only true faux pas was DeGeneres’ decision to make a joke about “Dallas Buyers Club,” calling it a “serious film about people who have sex at rodeos” not a good idea considering the movie was about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.