The Academy Awards: 66th Oscars (1994)

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66th Oscars
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Whoopi Goldberg makes a confident debut as host during the 66th Oscars, an emotional and tasteful ceremony that reflects the sombre subject matter of the big winner, Schindler's List.

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Air date: Mar 21, 1994

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 66th Oscars

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The open secret about classiness is that it's usually pretty boring... This year's Oscarcast was only a little more exciting than a wine snob droning on about his favorite vintages.

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[Steven Spielberg's] triumph, complete with a tearful on-stage tribute to the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust, was the highlight of the 66th Academy Awards, but it was by no means the only one.

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Goldberg not only was uncontroversial -- and who cared about that one way or the other? -- but her humor wilted in a blessedly brief 3-hour-and-18-minute telecast that screamed out for something dramatically comical to raise it from its deadly lethargy.

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The unusual dark solemnity of this year's nominated films imposed a rare austerity and decorum over the Oscar show. If the program... lacked flash and sizzle, it also regained some of the dignity it had lost in recent years.

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The overall delivery, however, was efficient and businesslike, as producer Gilbert Cates and director Jeff Margolis deftly managed to incorporate this year's theme honoring craftsman while keeping their eye on the ball

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Appearing relaxed and in control, Whoopi Goldberg hosted the ceremony in Los Angeles with grace. There was none of the self-aggrandizing joke-making of former host Billy Crystal, who could be hilarious or painfully long-winded.

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Whoopi Goldberg took the live mike and ran with it. Tartly taunting the critics, the network and the world, she power-packed her politics into an opening monologue... She wasn't always hot. But she was cool.

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The Oscar telecast, though faster paced than usual, was rather dull. First-time host Whoopi Goldberg couldn't seem to connect with the audience, and her material was laced with tired jokes.

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A quiet, decorous grenade detonation about midway through might have been nice. But then, there's nothing wrong with a nice glass of warm milk before bedtime, either.

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The last 45 minutes of this 198-minute show Monday were as moving and dramatic as any television show in the past season.

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