While there are typically a number of big moments every time the Oscars come on the air, there is one that we know many still look forward to above all others: The opening. This is the chance for the show to do something that is either funny or imaginative, and look at everything that transpired in the world of film over the past year.
Ellen’s opening here was much more simplified than the ones that we’ve seen in recent years. Rather than showing some sort of elaborate videos or anything that had grand production value, Ellen just came out and told jokes. It almost seemed as though she really wanted to show everyone that she is still a great comedienne, despite her show being somewhat formulaic and silly at times.
In the end, this was a pretty funny introduction. She had a great joke about a “Liza Minnelli impersonator” who was actually Liza Minnelli, and went on a big tear about Jennifer Lawrence falling. Trust us; by the time we are near the end of this next entertainment news cycle, you will be exhausted of stories about Jennifer falling.
While Ellen never reached Ricky Gervais – Golden Globes levels of hilarity, we give her a ton of credit for being bold and not over-thinking something that is in the end very easy to over-think. If we were to grade this opening, we’d give it a solid B+.
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