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Ellen and Oscar - CinemaDave

Feb. 27th, 2007 03:37 pm Ellen and Oscar

For the first time in 31 years, I missed the entire Oscar broadcast.
I regret that only because I am becoming a fan of Ellen DeGeneres. 
 It was ten years ago that her  controversial show about "coming out of the closest" did more to make homosexuality mainstream than any Gay rights protest in either San Francisco or Key West..  Ellen has charms that Rosie O'Donnell may never understand.

This morning I caught her Oscar wrap up program and it was touching. 
This is how IMDB reports the show -

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres burst into tears on her live post-Academy Awards TV talk show yesterday, after a string of celebrities poured praise on her via video. The humbled comedienne fought to regain composure as her studio audience gave her a standing ovation following footage of DeGeneres' day at the Oscars, where she realized a lifelong dream to host the big show. The proud comic was seen sobbing in her dressing room hours before the Oscars got underway and then she sobbed as she thanked family and friends backstage after her first hosting stint was over. But it was taped post-show comments from Kate Winslet, Marc Anthony, Queen Latifah, Dame Helen Mirren and Will Smith that had DeGeneres sobbing on her show. She said, "I'm crying for many reasons - I'm tired, so I'm emotional... It represented so many things to me. It represented that people believed in me, they took a chance in me to hold something like that together. It was harder than I thought and I was scared to death... It was incredible." DeGeneres explained that watching the footage of her preparations for the big show brought all her emotions back.

It is Ellen's humility that is so attractive.  It is too bad that her orientation is not directed towards guys.

For more information take a peek at http://ellen.warnerbros.com/

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Date:February 28th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)

Ellen and Oscar

Ellen DeGeneres did a good job as the Oscar host. It's not an easy gig for a performer. At times it can be like trying to keep a comatose patient alive. My favorite Ellen moment was when she went into the audience with a vacuum cleaner and made the celebs move their feet as she cleaned up.

I have not been able to tolerate watching an entire Oscarcast all the way through from stem to stern for years and this year was no exception. I drop in and out of the telecast throughout the evening, but Ellen made what I did watch a lot of fun.

One of the clumsiest segments I saw was when Clint Eastwood was put on duty to translate from Italian to English the acceptance remarks of honorary winner Ennio Morricone who did musical scoring for Eastwood. The concept was a good one but it needed better rehearsal.

North Star
Date:February 28th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)

Re: Ellen and Oscar

Thanks Northstar...I did not know about Clint's attempt to interpete Italian to Ennio. I would have liked to have seen it, even it was a trainwreck.