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Ellen DeGeneres kicks off Oscars with hilarious opening monologue (video)

Ellen DeGeneres got the party started in Hollywood on Sunday night when she kicked off the 86th Annual Academy Awards. The rain dissipated and the viewers got to see the glitz and glamour of the entertainment business live around the world. Ellen DeGeneres showed up on stage surrounded by life-size Oscar awards and got the party started.

Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 2014 Oscars
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There were no shortage of laughs during the first few minutes of the program. Addressing all the rain in the Los Angeles area, the star joked that she appreciated all the prayers for the city. Keeping it lighthearted, she also commented on how great it was seeing new faces in the audience. Then she pointed out a few stars who have been at the show before including Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Martin Scorsese. All of the stars were nominated for 2014 Oscars too.

While the tone of the segment was light hearted and fun, there is no doubt that the fans were looking to see how the star was compared to other hosts. With no shortage of delightful comments and keeping it fun, there wasn’t any harsh comments about stars.

Take a look at the video clip of Ellen DeGeneres starting the Oscars. It looked like she was having a great time!