February 27th, 2007

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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/