Ellen DeGeneres opened the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2) by poking fun at everyone and everything in Hollywood. But instead of ruffling feathers, the talk show host did it all in good taste, as per usual. Is there anything DeGeneres can’t do?
She started off her entertaining monologue by making fun of herself first, remarking that while she wasn’t nominated herself, she was luckier than all of the celebrities in the crowd. “I know what you’re all thinking,” DeGeneres says. “‘Ellen, you’ve been chosen to host and that’s the highest honor there is.’ Why thank you.”
DeGeneres then started cracking jokes about each of the nominees and the nominated movies, and the audience couldn’t hold back their laughter.
For “Captain Phillips” star Barkhad Abdi: “He is from Somalia. He’s a Somalier. He knows a lot about wine. Who’s the wine captain now?”
For “Dallas Buyers Club”: “‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is an important movie. It tackles the important issue of what happens when you have sex at a rodeo — don’t do it.”
For “American Hustle” actress Jennifer Lawrence’s tendency to fall: “If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar. We can do that, right? Can we do that?”
DeGeneres also made jokes at June Squibb’s age, the ridiculous amount of times Meryl Streep has been nominated, Leonardo DiCaprio’s agelessness, and so much more. She ended her monologue on a high note, trying to unite all the stars with the fact that they’re all winners tonight. “It’s not a competition, it’s a celebration,” DeGeneres says … and then immediately shakes her head. “Who are we kidding, it’s the Hunger Games.”
What did you think of DeGeneres’ opening monologue?