Oscars 2014: What makes for a good host?
Published: March 3, 2014 09:31AM
Updated: February 28, 2014 11:42AM
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2007 file photo, Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres opens the 79th Academy Awards telecast, in Los Angeles. DeGeneres is returning as host at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, after making her Oscar debut in 2007 and she’s had a close hand in the writing process, Neil Meron said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

This year, Ellen DeGeneres takes the wheel as host of the Academy Awards, returning to the hosting job for the first time since 2007. DeGeneres, 55, is the proverbial “safe” choice — someone who can deliver some gentle, feel-good humor without pricking those gigantic Hollywood egos.

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<script data-hide-title=”true” data-hide-byline=”true” data-hide-footnotes=”true” data-hide-embed=”true” type=”text/javascript” src=”http://cdn.spundge.com/embed/stories/14432/”></script><noscript><h1>Oscars hosts</h1><h2>ABC/OscarsOn Sunday night, in living rooms across America, TV viewers will have their Academy Awards pools in hand, anxiously hoping to predict which movie stars are about to strike gold.But, really, that's child's play. You want a real challenge? Try predicting who will host next year's show.Not so easy, is it? Not when the Academy, in recent years, has displayed a wild, whiplash-inducing inconsistency with its host-selection process. How can we make an well-informed forecast, after all, if Oscar can't ...</h2><a href=”http://cdn.spundge.com/stories/14432/embedded/” target=”_blank”>View a mobile version of <em>”Oscars hosts”</em></a></noscript></freeform>