The Academy Awards: 71st Oscars (1999)

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Whoopi Goldberg brings polarizing raunch to a 71st Oscars that feels curdled from the outset due to controversially aggressive campaign tactics.

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Air date: Mar 21, 1999

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The ceremony itself gave you no clue about the issues at stake, preferring to champion a more old-fashioned -- and meaningless -- concept of "heroism."

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This was the longest and possibly the dullest Oscar show of the century, clocking in at four hours.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Whoopi definitely was on, more so than in her two previous hosting stints. And with no serious fashion disasters among the presenters onstage, the show was exceptionally smooth.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

This was a terrible year for films, and the Oscars had to scrape the bottom of the barrel. As for the awards show itself, there were some A-minus moments, but my overall grade is C-plus.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

In a record-setting marathon night that featured many costume changes, the film industry wound up doing a fairly convincing impersonation of a class act.

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In a ceremony where the Academy waxed nostalgic, refusing to see 1998 for the carnival of crassness and social satire it was, host Whoopi Goldberg injected a much-needed sense of cheeky awareness.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Goldberg did not distinguish herself as host. She spent a great deal of time laughing at her own jokes, many of which were dirty, a few filthy.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Whoopi bombed last night, she knew it -- and yet, crassly, she took it as a sign of her own outrageousness.

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Goldberg had some other nice moments too. But they were outnumbered by her gratuitously coarse language and one-liners, and cheap political jokes. Some of us would have applauded, but we were sitting on our hands.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The longest-ever Academy Awards show, which was filled with surprises and nods to the past... The 4-hour-and-5-minute telecast was both achingly slow and particularly fraught with suspense.

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In an excruciatingly long four hours, the 71st Academy Awards offered little by way of excitement during the ceremony at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A soporific ceremony which dragged on for an all-too over-extended duration of more than four hours... Whoopi Goldberg, who was the compere for the evening, could not compare with Crystal's razor-sharp wit and ease with adlibbing.

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