The Academy Awards: 70th Oscars (1998)

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70th Oscars
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The 70th Oscars pays touching tribute to previous winners and Billy Crystal does his best to keep things buoyant, but a predictable sweep by Titanic sinks the ceremony.

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Air date: Mar 23, 1998

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This Academy Awards made for a tedious evening by any standard. The show seemed to have already taken place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away; what reached us was the light of faded stars.

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One of television's smartest live ceremonies in recent memory. First off, the show was well-cast. Master of ceremonies Billy Crystal seems to have permanently filled the shoes of longtime predecessor Bob Hope.

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Oscar was sleepy-eyed from staying up much later than his bedtime as this show went well over schedule, but it was worth the wait. When they lined up all the past Oscar winners for acting, it was exactly what we wanted.

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Yeah, sure -- there were some things to enjoy... But for the rest of the excruciating three-plus-hour time, the 70th Annual Academy Awards came down to a debate as to what was the worst moment.

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The evening, swept along on a wave of Billy Crystal's usual quips, ended up reaching port as late as it always does. But as it sailed along, through rough spots and smooth, the glamour and folly remained impressive.

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I was looking forward to seeing James Cameron's rampant egomania in all its splendor and wasn't disappointed... Can you blame me if I consider last night one of the best Oscars ever?

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The 70th annual Oscar show... seemed born again and revitalized, one of the most entertaining and painless Oscarfests in years.

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This years' extravaganza was much like Titanic, the clear winner for the night; it's over-rated and about an hour could have been cut out of it.

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The Academy had no surprises up their sleeve, and let a single movie conquer the night. A large number of the winner's speeches were rudely cut off by music... Still, the show went on longer than ever.

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While celebrity gazers might have been satisfied, the telecast itself remains a disaster of Titanic proportions. Not even this year's best picture demanded three hours and 45 minutes from its audience.

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First off, make Billy Crystal your host for life. He's great... Crystal was loose as a goose and twice as slippery.

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Other than Cameron's characteristic blend of sincerity and hubris, this year's Oscars ceremony was an orgy of taste and restraint, with a few warm surprises; in fact, at times the proceedings were subdued to the point of catatonia.

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