All hair!! Me performing at carnival for choreographer Gerald Scott #tb
Ellen and Oscar
Never have I been more entertained watching the Academy Awards.
I woke up this morning thinking about the production of last night’s Oscars, the actors, the fashion, and especially…the host.
That’s exactly what Ellen DeGeneres did.
Ellen interacted with the audience, celebrities or not, this is what she does with her own TV show.
So with the Oscars, it was only natural for her to spend as much time to walk around the theater among the people, making sure they are comfortable as she would doing standard hosting duties on stage.
If it’s a long show for us at home, it has to be long for them to sit there all night.
Some paraphrased examples of Ellen being a true host, not only in respects to television or showmanship, but someone welcoming friends into their house:
She asks the crowd: “Who’s hungry?…How about some pizza? Let’s order some pizza… If I order pizza, who will eat some?”
Later that night, a real pizza delivery man comes and the celebrities in their gowns, tuxes, and all are about to chow on these pies!
Ellen directs traffic and makes sure that everyone gets a slice, especially expecting mother Kerry Washington.
The celebrities are now passing out paper plates (Brad Pitt), asking for napkins (Harrison Ford), and eating during the show.
Ellen has now created community.
She also sits among the crowd and nominees doing introductions and commercial breaks which eventually leads to the MOST retweeted tweet in Twitter history (posted above), an A-list celebrity packed selfie that broke Twitter!
Ellen has now created a sense of family.
Realizing she needs to pay for the “family’s” pizza, Ellen takes Pharrell’s infamous hat, turns it into a community collection plate and takes up an offering among the celebs where they are dropping cash and Lupita Nyong’o’s lip balm.
Ellen has now created a common cause.
What Ellen did as a host is what typically nine of out ten hosts don’t do:
She got off her high horse during the show and hung out with her friends.
There was no pretense of “I’m the high host, and you’re the spectators.”
Moreover, if you watch Ellen’s daytime talk show, you’ll know that that she’s one of the most giving, hospitable personalities and hosts out there, not just to other celebrities, but to…uhh…non-celebrities.
Ellen treats people like people, with respect and sincerity.
Something everyone can learn from.
Who doesn’t want to hang out with someone like that?