Oscars 2014: We'll see tonight how Ellen DeGeneres does as host

March 2, 2014 6:22 PM

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Oscars 2014: We'll see tonight how Ellen DeGeneres does as host

Ah, the role of the Oscar host: to entertain without being offensive, to crack jokes that aren’t too insider-y and to think on one's feet. Sounds simple in theory. But when it comes to practice, it can be a whole other story.

To concoct the perfect Oscar host formula, the Academy has tried it all. It's gone with one host to two hosts to four hosts. It's tried young hosts and old hosts. It's even run the show without a host -- does 1989 year ring a bell for anyone?

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