Thank you very much. Thanks. Thank you very much. Welcome to the Oscars. For those of you watching around the world, it's been a tough couple of days for us here. It has been raining.
We're fine, thank you for your prayers.
I'm happy to be back, I hosted seven years ago and I'm so honored and flattered that they had me back so quickly."
Things are so different now. Last time for instance when I was here Cate Blanchett was nominated, Meryl Streep was nominated, Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated, Martin Scorsese was nominated. It's so different.
There are some first time nominees here tonight– June Squibb is nominated for Nebraska. At 84 years old, she's the oldest nominee. She was wonderful in Nebraska.
I'M TELLING EVERYONE YOU WERE WONDERFUL IN NEBRASKA, THE FILM THAT YOU DID. WONDERFUL.
We have other first-time nominees. Lupita Nyong'o is here. Amazing performance in 12 Years a Slave. She is from Kenya. She is a Kenyan.
And Barkhad Abdi is here, he is nominated for Captain Phillips. He is from Somalia. He is a Sommelier so he knows a lot about wine, and that is impressive. Who's the wine captain now?
The real Captain Phillips is here tonight. And the real Philomena is here tonight. And, I have to say, one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have seen in my entire life. Just really. Seriously. Good job, sir.
Tonight's theme is heroes in Hollywood and we need heroes now more than ever. People around the world are going through hard times. And movies offer us an escape. Movies inspire us. I'm not saying movies are the most important thing in the world, because we all know the most important thing in the word is youth. We know that the most important thing in life is love and friendship and family. And if people don’t have those things, they usually get into show business. So. We're all one big frightened family, is what we are. I want you to know that I love you and I think you're talented. I do.
I think you should think of yourself as winners. Not all of you, but the people who have won before should think of yourself as winners. And I know what you're thinking: 'Ellen, that's easy for you to say. You've been chosen to host and that's kind of the highest award there is.' Thank you. "
Let try to focus on you tonight if we can, seriously, the work you have done was incredible. I did a little bit of research and between all the nominees here tonight, you've made over 1,400 fims. And you've gone to a total of six years of college. I'm kidding. Kids, stay in school.
I'm sure these people went to college. I mean. "Amy Adams, you went to college, right?" "Nope." Okay, whatever who cares.