Dana Rombough is a full-time student enrolled in Humber College’s public relations program.
With awards season in the air and the Oscars just around the corner, one of the most important topics discussed is ‘who will be hosting the star-studded event?’ There tends to be a lot of buzz around who will win what and who the best-dressed celebrity will be. But does any of that matter if the host is a dud?
I think we all can agree that having an entertaining award’s show host is pretty important. Does anyone remember the dreadful experience that previous hosts like Seth McFarlane put us through? He was even branded as the worst Oscars host of all time by theweek.com. His performance was so awful that it distracted from the awards, the dresses, and from enjoying what could have been a great night.
When it comes to hosts, I think we can all agree that Ellen DeGeneres was one of the best Oscars hosts of all time. Whether you watch her show or not, there’s no denying the humour, innovation, and entertainment she brought to the night, and I think there are a couple of pages that future Oscar hosts can take from her book. The following are 5 reasons why she is the best host throughout Oscar history.
- The moment she took ‘THE OSCAR SELFIE’.
Who remembers the Oscar selfie taken at the 86th Academy Awards? Of course you do, because if you have access to a phone or Internet, you’ve obviously seen this photo! The photo featured A-list celebrities all gathering around Ellen to take a selfie, something that has never been done in Oscar history. Among them were Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto and Channing Tatum. The photo has received over 3 million retweets to date, and even ended up crashing Twitter the night of the Oscars.
- Keeping the jokes light-hearted
One thing Ellen did well the night of the Oscars was keeping the jokes light-hearted. Many hosts in the past have told inappropriate or offensive jokes. When Seth MacFarlane (I know I’m bringing him up for the second time, but c’mon, he was awful) hosted, he told racist jokes, and even performed a sexist Broadway-like number. Ellen was able to keep the jokes fun, and even poked fun at her life, (On Jonah Hill’s revealing role in the “Wolf of Wall Street”: “You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very, very long time.”)
- When she ordered pizza
This was probably my favourite part of the night. It’s the Oscars. It’s prestigious. You’d think if the academy were to serve dinner, they would prepare filet mignon accompanied by roasted vegetables. However, Ellen threw prestige out the window when she ordered greasy, messy, delicious pizza. The fact that we got to see A-list celebrities scarf down a slice on top of their god-only-knows-how-much outfits was priceless. (Who else hoped Meryl Streep or Julia Roberts would drop tomato sauce on their dress? Just me? Okay.)
- When she proceeded to collect pizza money
Following her pizza order, Ellen DeGeneres then went around with Pharrell Williams’ infamous big brown hat to collect a tip for the pizza delivery boy. She approached actors who could probably tip 1 million dollars and not be affected. Doing this brought the room down to earth. Many celebrities get million-dollar treatment, and having them tip their delivery guy reminded me that they too are just regular people like you and me. Ellen even went out of her way to have the delivery boy on her show, and give him that tip she collected.
- Becoming Glinda the good witch
The thing that shocked me the most was seeing Ellen dressed up as Glinda the good witch. The Oscars can sometimes be a stuffy, glamorous event, and dressing up as this character lightened the mood of the room. She was able to break any tension during the event with this costume, making us all laugh at the ridiculousness of it. Her outlandish outfit seemed out-of-place for the Oscars; however, Ellen pulled it off perfectly and added her own personal touch of humour that we will never forget!
I think no matter what Ellen does, she never fails to entertain. She keeps the atmosphere light, fun, and most importantly, provides comedy for every type of audience. Though she may not be an actress in movies, or an expert in film, she definitely proved that she was the perfect fit for an Oscar host. Ellen has set the bar very high, and Neil Patrick Harris should definitely take some notes on her performance for his upcoming gig. Is there a host that you feel was better than Ellen DeGeneres? And Why? (I need proof. In case you missed it, my opinions on Ellen cannot easily be swayed.)