Ellen DeGeneres is a powerful figure in our society today. She has worked her way up through laughter, taking stances, and being downright loveable. Ellen’s hosting of the Oscars was one that I, as well as many many others, looked forward to. I even kept up with her countdown on Instagram!
Ellen brought charisma and energy to the Oscar stage. Her opening monologue had the whole crowd laughing.
When I looked into this, one of the few critiques I could find was at this point in time. There were some viewers who were upset when Ellen called Liza Minnelli a “sir”. She was throwing fun hits at a number of people and seems to really be a fan of Liza… She later draws attention to her again and takes a “selfie” with her as they joke back and forth. She continued to lighten moods after serious performances, such as Pink’s performance of “Over the Rainbow” after which Ellen came on stage in a Glinda the Good Witch costume.
Her job, as she pointed out seven years ago at the 2007 Oscars, is ” to relax you. To put your mind at ease and make you forget that this is a make or break night for you” (Degeneres 2007, video).
Ellen did this very well the entire time. The ambiance of sadness and seriousness had its proper moment in the sun, but Ellen never let those feelings fester for too long. She would pop out with a joke or punch-line that would soon have everyone happy again. According to Rolling Stone, Ellen’s Oscar hosting “garnered a six percent increase in viewers over MacFarlane’s” (Grow, 2014, p.1). It was the “best Oscars Ratings in a Decade” (Grow, 2014, p.1). Well done Ellen!
Ellen DeGeneres’ Glinda The Good Witch Costume Brings On The Laughs. (2014, March 3). Retrieved from YouTube website: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CZoLM-Z7ubk
Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar® monologue.(2008, March 21). Retrieved from YouTube website: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=whgVLNC5KSY
[FULL] Ellen DeGeneres Opening Monologue Oscars Academy Awards 2014. (2014, March 3). Retrieved from YouTube website: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TbLI8ElWDWY
Grow, K. (2014, March 3). Ellen DeGeneres Garners Best Oscar Ratings in a Decade. Retrieved from Rolling Stone website: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/ellen-degeneres-garners-best-oscar-ratings-in-a-decade-20140303#ixzz2vv08l1JE