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Oscars 2014: What makes for a good host?

First Published Feb 28 2014 11:42AM      Last Updated Feb 28 2014 11:42 am

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.

Oscars hosts

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 ...

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