Bjorns and Pilobus Play: Ellen DeGeneres's 5 Best Moments From the 2007 Oscars

What's the best indication that Ellen DeGeneres will be a fine Oscar host on Sunday? Her performance the last time she hosted the Academy Awards telecast, back in 2007. She was funny, quirky, and her gentle jabs were aimed at herself more than other celebs, which made for a very pleasant Oscar night.

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With many critics and Oscar viewers still in a tizzy about last year's potty-mouthed hosting gig by "Family Guy" and "Ted" creator Seth MacFarlane, DeGeneres's brand of silly, inoffensive humor might be just the thing to please everyone (or, as many as can be pleased, anyway). In case you need a refresher on her first-time Oscar-hosting routine, a recollection of Ellen's best moments from 2007:

1. Ellen DeGeneres, Inventor

Ellen took her hosting duties seriously, even coming up with a, um, stylish, solution for the night's winners, who'd have to tote their statues from after-party to after-party: the Ellen Oscar Bjorn. The Baby Bjorn-ish contraption was, she told the audience while modeling her design, for, "when you go to the parties later … you'll have your hands free to shake hands or drink."

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2. Ellen DeGeneres, Screenwriter

While wandering through the audience, getting up close and personal with stars like Mark Wahlberg — a first-time Best Supporting Actor nominee that year for "The Departed" — Ellen stopped for a chat with Martin Scorsese. And what did she happen to have in her hand while greeting "The Departed" Best Director winner? A copy of a script she told him she wrote. "It's a cross between 'Goodfellas' and 'Big Momma's House.' It's called 'Good Mommas,'" she told a giggling Scorsese.

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3. Ellen DeGeneres, Housekeeper

Another sign of a great host: keeping the party space tidy, which Ellen did by vacuuming the carpet in front of the first row of audience members at the Oscars. Nominees like Meryl Streep, Ryan Gosling, and Penelope Cruz lifted their feet so she could run the sweeper. "I had no idea this was part of my hosting duties," she joked, before finding a pack of rolling papers during her chore, and tossing them into the band pit.

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Ellen on a nominee pool that included Peter O'Toole, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Best Actress winner Helen Mirren:

4. Ellen DeGeneres, Director

Oscar host, Oscar-winner fan. During another audience walkabout, Ellen spotted two-time Best Picture and Best Director winner Clint Eastwood, and asked if he would pose for a photo with her, for her MySpace page. Eastwood happily agreed, and as Ellen looked around for someone to take the photo, she spotted Steven Spielberg. He snapped a pic of the duo, but Ellen wasn't pleased; she directed the Best Director Oscar winner to give it another try, with a tip on centering his subjects more evenly in the frame.

P.S. Any bets on which social media DeGeneres will incorporate into her hosting gig this year? Twitter? Instagram? MySpace, after all, is soooo 2007.

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Ellen, to eight-time Oscar nominee (and eight-time loser) Peter O'Toole:

5. Ellen DeGeneres, Pilobus Dancer

And she was also an interactive host. Not content to simply introduce dance troupe Pilobus, which performed impressive odes to the year's nominated films, Ellen joined Pilobus to try to form a nod to the (not nominated) "Snakes on a Plane." Her big reveal about the group, which performed behind a curtain: "They're naked," she joked. We think.

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"What a wonderful night, such diversity in the room, in a year when there's been so many negative things said about people's race, religion, and sexual orientation. And I want to put this out there: If there weren't blacks, Jews, and gays, there would be no Oscars, or anyone named Oscar, when you think about that."

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