The Academy Awards: 69th Oscars (1997)

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69th Oscars
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Kicking off with an innovative and memorable montage that plops Billy Crystal into the year's nominees, the 69th Oscars begins with enough energy to sustain itself through a decidedly repetitive evening of English Patient domination.

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Air date: Mar 24, 1997

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 69th Oscars

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I loved it all -- the appropriately dazzling bit of filmmaking in Billy Crystal's opening movie montage... and the Irish step-dance extravaganza by Michael Flatley that skipped around the big editing awards presentation.

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Might as well have been on PBS. Meanwhile Crystal, upstaged by the classiness of the production and the non-Tinseltown-bred nominees, took home a consolation prize at best.

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Two great things about the Oscars: Billy Crystal, who is now so utterly relaxed and pleasant in front of everybody in the world that it doesn't matter what he says, he's just nice to watch, and Frances McDormand... She delivers the Joy.

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Starting with a splendidly sharp filmed piece that dropped him into scenes from the Best Picture nominees, Crystal offered one line after another that lived up to his surname.

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Offered the usual mix of magic and dumbfounding mystery... All told, this year the mystery far outweighed the magic, in a telecast that proved less compelling--indeed, during stretches more downright dull -- than recent predecessors.

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Adroit surprises, dramatic moments and a stellar performance as host by Billy Crystal made the 69th annual Academy Awards one of the best Oscar shows in memory -- downright tolerable and at times even entertaining.

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Again serving notice that he remains Mr. Monday Night now and perhaps forever, Billy Crystal showed 'em how it's done with an Oscarcast hosting gig that had more pure verve and spunk than any of the previous three telecasts that lacked his glib presence.

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Not that the Academy Awards show is customarily riveting entertainment. But this year, the 69th annual, was one of the dullest in recent memory.

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Too long, too passionless, too unmindful of the clock back East.

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The wondrous Crystal exploded out of the screen in the flesh and delivered a spiffy monologue... The show was not entirely up to this level, however; it never is.

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