THE OPENING MONOLOGUE
Host Ellen DeGeneres’ opening spiel drew from the usual Ellen style – gently joshing with just a hint of edge as she pokes fun at some of the nominees. There were some easy targets – June Squibb is old! Amy Adams has several nominations! Jennifer Lawrence is clumsy! And some dicier parts, including an unusually dark gag about Liza Minnelli looking like a Liza Minnelli impersonator. But while not every joke landed, it was still funny and, unlike some other sections of the show, relatively swift.