The Academy Awards: 73rd Oscars (2001)

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73rd Oscars
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Steve Martin proves himself a winning Oscars host with some gentle ribbing throughout a restrained ceremony that spreads the wealth among one of the most competitive lineups in years.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2001

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 73rd Oscars

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

Give [Steve Martin] his due, he not only managed to make the Shrine Auditorium audience forget that Billy Crystal was not there, but proved that, even for a first-time Oscar host, he was smartly up to the challenge.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The 2001 edition of the Academy Awards was fast, clean, unmemorable. The risks were few, the payoff small, the Best Picture prize somehow both shocking and anticlimactic.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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With Martin, the Academy hoped to find a next-generation Crystal or Carson -- someone of the industry, but apart from it. Also, someone funny... but coolly detached. This outing instead was stodgy and old-fashioned.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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This year, the show had no center and not much heart: Martin never caught fire. He's really too cool for a job that requires Billy Crystal's glee and affection for people.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The most systematically unpredictable results of any show within memory. So why was the 2001 edition of the Academy Awards so flat? Martin drew blood only once or twice.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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Neat and clean, tasty and cheery. Even spiffy. Change the host and for once the show changes with it.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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Hosting Sunday's blessedly quick Academy Awards, Martin was a droll delight -- as amusing as Oscar star Billy Crystal, but in an entirely different way.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

It was almost enough to restore your faith, I tell you. There are good reasons for loving show business, even in a sodden Oscar year.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Both lightly paced and dignified, most of the evening lacked emotion.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon got robbed, the speeches were too short, the songs were too long and Steve Martin should have spent more time on screen, and could have been a bit funnier.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The ceremony itself was unusually witty and entertaining and mostly tight and tasteful... Much of the credit must go to Steve Martin, who made a scintillating debut as the show's compere

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Martin kept the proceedings light, the three-way-battle for Best Picture was the most unpredictable in a decade, Julia Roberts unleashed that billion-dollar laugh, and Bjork wore a swan. What's not to love?

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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