Oscars 2014: Grade Host Ellen DeGeneres' Opening Monologue!

Ellen DeGeneres Oscars 2014When ABC announced that Ellen DeGeneres would once again host the 2014 Academy Awards, a few things were a given.

You knew there’d be humor — but any barbs would be gentle and good-natured. You knew the comedienne would riff on the same, isn’t-this-cool? vibe that makes her daytime talk show so much fun. And you knew there’d be dancing. (There had to be dancing!)

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DeGeneres didn’t disappoint — well, a little on the dancing side — during her opening monologue to Sunday’s ceremony.

Among her best moments:

• DeGeneres got the Los Angeles weather joke out of the way right off the bat. “It has been raining,” she said solemnly. “We’re fine. Thank you for your prayers.”

• DeGeneres noted that when she last hosted, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Martin Scorsese were nominated (as they are this year). “Soooo different,” she joked.

• The closest the comedienne got to snarky was when she called out attendee Liza Minelli as the best Liza Minelli impersonator she’d ever seen. “Good job, sir.”

• After waxing touchy-feely about how everyone was a winner, DeGeneres got real. “Who are we kidding? It’s The Hunger Games. There are cameras everywhere, you’re starving, Jennifer Lawrence won last year…”

• Jonah Hill seemed tickled when DeGeneres said that, in the nudity-filled Wolf of Wall Street, “You showed us something in that film I have not seen in a very, very long time,” then cheekily added, “Get it?”

• She noted that the night was full of possibilities. Possibility Number 1: 12 Years a Slave would win Best Picture. “Possibility Number 2: You’re all racists.”

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