The Academy Awards: 72nd Oscars (2000)

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72nd Oscars
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Billy Crystal remains a charming emcee, but his retread of old bits does little to enliven a painfully restrained 72nd Oscars that feels even longer than its gargantuan runtime.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2000

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 72nd Oscars

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The new producers, Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck, hail from movies and from fear, they overmanaged: Their horror of the liveness of live television was deadeningly palpable.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…
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By this moment, Crystal had come to symbolize that Oscar style of industry self-congratulation with self-abnegation, perfected during the Bob Hope years. He managed it flawlessly this night.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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If anything, Oscar 2000 was just too polished and genteel to fully satisfy... Even host Billy Crystal's satirical barbs at the nominees were too well rehearsed and neatly packaged to bite the way they should.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…
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It was far from the humdrum affair viewers have come to expect. Thanks to many winners' genuine appreciation, Billy Crystal and a musical medley that couldn't have been classier, the night certainly had its moments.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…
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The ambiance was supposedly full of hip zip and visual sizzle, but as a piece of entertainment, the Oscar show fell miserably flat, a victim of its own ponderousness and the incredible pomposity of individual winners.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

I think we can all agree that the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony was painfully boring and bad, despite the heroic efforts of Billy Crystal.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

That little naked gold guy is smiling on many this evening. The ceremony wasn't any shorter this year, but it sure was less dull.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

In short, this year's Oscar telecast was bigger, longer, uncut. But censored. The racy lyrics from "South Park" were the only words that were spared in this 4-hour-plus marathon.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

This year's program dragged, drooped and droned on. As usual, Billy Crystal proved to be a witty and nimble telecast host, but the show was dragged down by a plethora of montage sequences.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It had kicked off in sparkling style with a zippy, clever and very witty filmed sequence which dropped Crystal in and out of celebrated movie scenes.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The Academy Awards show started slowly -- 20 minutes of Billy Crystal's spoofs and singing that weren't as funny as his past Oscar intros -- and never got up to speed.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Aided by Crystal's unsparing and punctual spontaneity, the show was downright hip, more so than it's been in decades.

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