The Academy Awards: 65th Oscars (1993)

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65th Oscars
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Billy Crystal's comedic routine feels exhausted in his fourth year in a row hosting during a 65th Oscars that boasts the theme of recognizing women's achievements -- without putting much effort into honoring that sentiment.

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Air date: Mar 29, 1993

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 65th Oscars

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The virtually nonstop consciousness-raising session into which the show has gradually devolved is getting to be a major drag.

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Unquestionably glamorous. Socially aware. Insanely dull. The 65th Academy Awards were stodgy, upscale, and a better sleeping pill than warm milk.

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The show was determined to honor women as sanctimoniously as possible, provided it could retain the usual quota of dancing girls. And the prevailing tone of condescension was established early on.

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The Oscar show itself seemed at odds with its own feminist theme... Neither good nor wretched, then, this year's show was best forgotten.

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Yes, there were a few redeeming moments, but there were probably a few redeeming moments in the Spanish Inquisition.

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[Billy Crystal offered a] lengthy monologue that was crisp, timely and witty. However, telecast, reaching an estimated 1 billion people around the world, held few surprises and, where the hour was late-late-late, undoubtedly lost viewers.

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Still, the deadly dull 3 1/2-hour show dragged along at a snail's crawl, providing little in the way of suspense.

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Billy Crystal hosted the affair for the fourth straight year, though some of his gags seemed too inside, not very funny, and even recycled.

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Crystal and his Baby-Boomer sensibility is now the establishment in Hollywood. And the status quo gets old real fast in the trendy world of TV.

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