The Academy Awards: 86th Oscars (2014)

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Ellen Degeneres breaks the internet with a record-breaking viral selfie, impromptu pizza, and a genial warmth that smoothly pilots an Oscars ceremony free of glaring gaffes -- if a little bereft of spontaneously inspired moments.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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Air date: Mar 2, 2014

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 86th Oscars

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It may sound like damning with faint praise, but this was certainly the best Oscar telecast in the past four years. Host Ellen DeGeneres did a competent job, without ever being an overpowering presence.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

She [Ellen DeGeneres] basically took a page out of Stephen Colbert's handbook, casting herself as an Oscar believer and insider, so she could tease what was going on around her without seeming like a tease.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…
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Ellen was good, too -- but safe and good, in that order, which is now the order of importance for any host post-Seth MacFarlane.

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While the comedy bits felt a bit more labored this time than they did at the 2007 Oscars, Ellen proved herself to be once again queen of the schmoozers.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The show was filled with authentic, sometimes authentically bizarre moments.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

DeGeneres brought all the qualities that make her a beloved daytime talk show host to her role as Oscar emcee.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Choose a better host, you get a better show. Choose a really good host, as DeGeneres proved to be Sunday, and you get the best Oscar broadcast since, well, the last time she hosted.

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She was warm. She was funny. She was likeable. But, unlike MacFarlane, she was forgettable.

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As a television event, this year's Oscars was more like an endurance test -- turgid, badly directed, poorly produced and featuring an endless string of tired or wince-inducing moments from host Ellen DeGeneres.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Ellen DeGeneres did not show up at the Oscars to deliver blistering comedy. But at least she delivered pizza.

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