The Academy Awards: 76th Oscars (2004)


76th Oscars
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Billy Crystal may be the unofficial Lord of the Oscars, but his musical hosting style yields diminishing returns in a ceremony that's almost as long as favorite The Return of the King.



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Air date: Feb 29, 2004

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 76th Oscars

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Lacking the surprises or many of the political fireworks of last year's telecast -- set against the invasion of Iraq -- this year's Oscars were a subdued and preordained affair, and one with a distinctive New Zealand accent.

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"No need to thank your parakeets ... You're boring." Some might have wondered if that could be said for the telecast itself this year.

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I've been watching Oscar telecasts religiously for more than half a century, and I must say this year's spectacle was the funniest and least tedious in memory.

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Exuberant, fun, warm and funny television -- about as good as an awards show can be.

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Crystal returns, with the same song ("It's a Wonderful Night for Oscar") and same montage. But by 2004, it was getting creaky. The world had changed, while this remained part of a fast receding past.

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All the joy and irreverence of a hotel management seminar. Strictly by the book, and the book was the New Zealand census, apparently, and less interesting.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Touching moments in the inevitably long and sometimes slack broadcast came here and there.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

From a return to the familiar in Billy Crystal's increasingly formulaic presence... and a predictable sweep for "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, the 3 1/2-hour telecast was singularly without spark.

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It was scary how few times Crystal made one laugh out loud. This may have been the least memorable Oscar show in his eight years as host.

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The motion picture academy's insistence on decorum in the wake of Janet Jackson's Super Bowl debacle gave last night's telecast of 76th Annual Academy Awards all the unpredictability of a sitcom rerun.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The show was low on memorable moments, and the stars' acceptance speeches didn't improve matters.

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…

If you were a huge Lord of the Rings fan - and many were - it was no doubt satisfying to see Peter Jackson and crew finally get their due. But it made for a long and fairly dull show.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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