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Most Hollywood stars dream of walking across the Kodak Theatre stage to accept an Academy Award®, but not Ellen DeGeneres. This Emmy-winning talk show host and comedian says she always dreamed of hosting the Oscars.

After honing her skills for more than 20 years on the stand-up circuit and four successful seasons on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen finally made her childhood dream come true during the 79th Annual Academy Awards.

"Everyone has different dreams," she says. "This is, to me, what I'm more natural at. Acting is great. ... [But] I like immediacy. I like the feel of interaction and the energy exchange that happens with an audience."

Just hours after the final curtain call, Ellen returns to the stage to reflect on her big night. From one talk show host to another, Oprah praises Ellen on her performance. "Great job," Oprah says. "You were so authentic. You were so yourself."
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FROM: Exclusive: Oprah's After Oscar® Party 2007 from the Kodak Theatre
Published on January 01, 2006

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