The crowd-pleasing host tweaked June Squibb for being old, J-Law for falling, and Liza Minnelli for being Liza Minnelli
Ellen DeGeneres was more or less mild with the shots she took at Hollywood in her opening monologue at Sunday night’s Oscars, though she did take full advantage of Jennifer Lawrence‘s repeated inability to stay upright.
The host, in her second go-round as the master of ceremonies for The Academy, reminded the audience — and the world — that Lawrence fell as she went to retrieve her award for Best Actress at last year’s Oscars.
“I am not going to bring up what happened last year,” she teased. “It’s ridiculous, I mean something like that happens, and it’s embarrassing, and people just talk about it. It’s just, you know… for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Jennifer Lawrence last year, she fell on the way up, tripped. I don’t know if she got caught on the tip of the dress, but… let’s show the clip.”
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She didn’t show it, but she made sure that everyone knew that Lawrence was caught slipping again tonight.
“And you know the thing where you fell out of the car tonight? No one needs to know that, I’m not going to mention that,” DeGeneres joked. “If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar.”
Other highlights included making fun of June Squibb‘s age by intimating that she’s hard of hearing, calling Liza Minnelli “sir” and joking that, if “12 Years a Slave” didn’t win best picture, the whole Academy was racist.