Ellen Degeneres

The Best Writing About the 2014 Oscars

While we’ve offered up our own Oscars commentary, from the most memorable water-cooler-conversation moments to a look at Matthew McConaughey’s bewildering acceptance speech, we’ve also spotted some excellent pieces elsewhere on the internet. After the jump, a brief collection of our favorite thought-provoking responses to this year’s Academy Awards.  … Read More

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The 12 Oscars 2014 Moments Everyone Is Talking About

Seeing as how they clocked in at a back-breaking three hours and 34 minutes, you could be forgiven for checking out of the 86th Academy Awards ceremony early (or frankly, passing on it altogether—I mean, how about that episode of True Detective?). But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered; your Flavorwire sat through the whole damn thing, and put together the dozen moments that blew up the Twittersphere, burned down our Oscar parties, and will be on everyone’s tongues for a good, oh, 12 hours… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Official 2014 Academy Awards Drinking Game

Prep those cocktails and gather round the telly — it’s Oscar time. The Academy is ditching the bro-isms of Seth MacFarlane and has accepted that “hip” hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway didn’t cut it. They’re playing it safe this year with Ellen DeGeneres, who is making her return to the Academy stage after a seven-year hiatus. We expect a fairly sweet and tame affair — at least where Ellen is concerned. There’s no telling what will happen when a celebrity gets a strong drink in their hand. Imbibe with us by playing our Official 2014 Academy Awards drinking game. Cheers! … Read More

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25 Years of Oscar Hosts, Ranked

The perceived success of Oscar night hinges on many factors — how dull the speeches are, how interminable the musical numbers are, whether Debbie Allen is involved, etc. — but no element, it seems, is more important than the host. A good Oscar host has to be something of a miracle worker: they keep the show moving, react spontaneously to whatever clusterfucks occur (and they always do), rib the royalty but only gently, and make the night edgy enough for home viewers, but not too edgy for the Cryptkeepers in the audience. Many have tried, but only a few have succeeded, so in anticipation of Ellen Degeneres’ second run at the job, we’ve ranked every Oscar host from the last 25 ceremonies (save 1989, which had no host). … Read More

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The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2013

Who better to pull out all the stops on Halloween than people with tons of money to spend on costumes and people to help with hair and makeup? Though there were some notable exceptions, 2013 had a fairly well-outfitted crop of celebrity revelers. We’ve assembled a highlight reel of famous people dressed up as lots of other famous people — topped, of course, by the Honey Boo Boo clan. Click through for a look at the various reality stars, musicians, and crustaceans the rich and famous choose to be when they’re not being themselves. If nothing else, we now know a certain ex-boy band member is a big fan of Wayne’s World. … Read More

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‘Female Force’ Comics Celebrate the Lives of Powerful Women

Yesterday, Blue Water Productions unveiled, via The Huffington Post, the newest cover star of its Female Force series: the legendary Gloria Steinem. She’s the latest in a long line of powerful female thinkers, writers, media figures, and politicians to have gotten the comic book series’ biographical treatment. “Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations — many of them ignored by the mainstream media — that resulted in Gloria Steinem becoming a leading voice in emerging women’s rights movement,” Blue Water publisher Darren G. Davis stated in a press release. “A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.” Here, we look back at some of Female Force‘s other empowering covers.  … Read More

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Safe Choices: The Problem With Celebrating Ellen DeGeneres’ and Neil Patrick Harris’ Acceptance as a Victory for All LGBT People

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Ellen DeGeneres has been tapped to host next year’s Oscars ceremony in a press release that came minutes after DeGeneres shared the news with her 21 million Twitter followers. It’s a gig that she’s done before — she hosted back in 2007 to favorable response — and the consensus seems to be that it’s a wise, safe choice for the Oscars producers after February’s controversial Seth MacFarlane, last year’s stodgy Billy Crystal, and the Anne Hathaway-James Franco tag team of awkwardness in 2011. But DeGeneres also demonstrates a major change in the appeal of LGBT entertainers in the mainstream, especially when a out lesbian is considered by many to be the “safest” choice. … Read More

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10 of Ellen DeGeneres’s Most Brilliant Moments

Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres announced on Twitter that she would be hosting the 2013 Oscar ceremony. While everyone’s first thought might have been “thank goodness it’s not Seth MacFarlane,” their second thought was probably “don’t you love Ellen?” Well, it’s hard not to, considering all the awesome she tends to bring to the table. So to get you psyched for the show, page through some of DeGeneres’s most brilliant public moments, from the serious to the silly (because hey, both can be brilliant). Check them out after the jump, and be sure to add any of your favorites that might be missing here in the comments. … Read More

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