By Chuck Barney and Tony Hicks
Bay Area News Group
First Published Feb 28 2014 11:42AM
Last Updated Feb 28 2014 11:42 am
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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.