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Hit or miss: How did Ellen DeGeneres do as Oscar host?

Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Did Ellen DeGeneres knock it out of the park with her second Oscar-hosting appearance or did she have people going to bed early?

The answer depends largely on whose Twitter accounts you follow.

No question the daytime talk host has generated good publicity for social media: Her retweeted selfie photo in which she appears with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and other A-listers has already broken the record for retweets with more than two million.

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The record had been held by U.S. President Barack Obama, whose "Four more years" tweet garnered 778,000 retweets in 2012. (It took DeGeneres less than 45 seconds to break the record.)

But how did she rank as a host?

From a random scope of Twitter the morning after Hollywood's biggest awards show, the consensus appears to be that most viewers thought the show was too long but they sure loved DeGeneres.

Or as Twitter user @stillinskitsune tweeted: "ellen degeneres has a fandom. It's called the population of planet earth."

Observed @acidcliam: "even if you don't like ellen u still love ellen."

Quipped @nlamlate: "ellen ordered pizza for everyone at the Oscars. She is so ellen degenerous."

Said @AllAgesBellebe: "The fact that ellen doesn't have to insult celebrities to be funny makes her 500 per cent more amazing than she already is."

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And suggested @popitlockit: "Ellen should just host every single event on television until the end of time."

There were, of course, Ellen naysayers.

On Twitter, gossip columnist Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) was not a fan and tweeted: "Ellen in sum was just a ghost of an Oscars host to be remembered only for pizza and a selfie."

The Hollywood Reporter TV critic Tim Goodman was no kinder in his post-Oscars review, which criticized DeGeneres for an opening that included "jokes that seemed oddly mean spirited for her (poor Liza Minnelli) and set a flat tone that the telecast could never overcome."

And Vanity Fair pointedly said Ellen was "acerbic" in her hosting duties.

But in the end, Ellen was Ellen, and while she didn't go over the top to entertain viewers during the three-plus-hour show, she did spend an inordinate amount of time kibitzing with the stars, and shouldn't that be the point of every Oscars broadcast?

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Or as @tbhstop pointed out during the show: "Is Ellen even hosting or is she just hanging out with famous people?

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