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Oscars 2014: Funnywoman Ellen DeGeneres impresses as host

Published on Mar 3, 2014 12:22 PM
Show host Ellen DeGeneres wears a fairy costume while on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) - Ellen DeGeneres delighted her Oscars audience on her return to hosting duties at the Academy Awards on Sunday, reeling off a string of one-liners to earn critical plaudits.

The 56-year-old comic followed confidently in the footsteps of celebrated Oscars hosts such as Billy Crystal and Bob Hope, mixing wry humour and gently poking fun at members of her A-list audience at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

It was in stark contrast to last year's raunchy opening monologue by comedian Seth MacFarlane, which divided critics.

"Ellen DeGeneres did not sing a song about seeing actresses' boobs on screen, which, after last year's Seth MacFarlane skit, represents some sort of progress," Variety wrote in a snap review of DeGeneres's efforts.

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