The Academy Awards: 78th Oscars Reviews

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November 6, 2019
The Academy Awards have a new king, and his name is Jon Stewart. The brash, New York-based comedian from Comedy Central made the finest debut as host of the Oscars since Billy Crystal undertook the role in 1990.
Top Critic
November 1, 2019
Enter Stewart, who was truly a fish out of water: stiff, uncomfortable and swallowed by a podium onstage.
November 1, 2019
I appear to have been misled about the primary goal of these kudofests. I'd thought it was to honor people and allow them their minute or (mercy) two minutes in a spotlight... But apparently, it's just about riffing, posturing and promoting.
November 1, 2019
Stewart turned in a refreshing if somewhat underpowered performance. In keeping with The Daily Show's predilection for self-conscious naffness, Stewart's delivery always maintains a marvelous faltering modesty
November 1, 2019
A couple of Stewart's jokes fell flat early on, but he bounced back and performed admirably, filling the host's tuxedo with steadiness and grace.
November 1, 2019
Ostensibly honoring a "Return to Glamour," the show was an almost unceasing parade of speeches and clips vaunting Hollywood's invaluable worth as a force for societal improvement.
November 1, 2019
The three-plus hours of the 78th annual Academy Awards preceding that upset were so predictable and airless that the surprise victory for T6M's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" seemed positively revelatory.
November 1, 2019
This was, by and large, a sedate and politic affair. Host Jon Stewart's monologue was gently satirical without ever straying into controversy, while the various winners seemed at pains to behave themselves.
November 1, 2019
While the opening montage of classic Hollywood westerns felt clever and fresh in a world overrun with Brokeback parodies, the show overall felt plodding and unfocused.
November 1, 2019
Crash crashed the party at the end of a long, utterly predictable night.
November 1, 2019
I'd give Stewart's 10-minute opening monologue a gentleman's B -- intermittently funny, but not what I'd expected from the current god of comedy.
November 1, 2019
The best opening half hour of any Oscar ceremony EVER -- the funniest monologue, the best clips... Jon Stewart killed.
October 31, 2019
Stewart, like Rock before him, was not afraid to singe egos, going after Angelina Jolie, Scientology, the Baldwin brothers, etc. It might not bring him back, he might not have been the end-all for his die-hards, but he didn't do a face-plant either.
October 31, 2019
By and large, this year's Oscars were a sober and sedate affair, destined to be remembered for little besides earnest politics and a plethora of endless montages.
October 31, 2019
Though Stewart was a breath of fresh air, the Oscar ceremony was still stuffy and bloated.
October 31, 2019
[Jon Stewart] didn't sell out to host the Super Bowl of awards shows. He didn't aim for the old-school vaudeville shtick of Billy Crystal to broaden his appeal. He was his Comedy Central self throughout: wry, deadpan, flip, and slightly subversive.
October 31, 2019
Jon Stewart played it right down the middle, avoiding sharp political humor, steering clear of biting industry riffs and even firing off some one liners that could have easily have been said by consummate emcee Bob Hope.
October 31, 2019
Warm and upbeat, and more relaxed than many Oscarcasts. There were a lot of questions about the choice of Stewart as emcee, and he answered them all almost immediately, with an opening monologue that was on target, topical and funny.
October 31, 2019
It's hard to believe that professional entertainers could have put together a show less entertaining than this year's Oscars, hosted with a smug humorlessness by comic Jon Stewart, a sad and pale shadow of great hosts gone by.
October 31, 2019
[Jon Stewart's] usually impeccable blend of puckishness and self-effacement fell flat in the service of Oscar. But he wasn't alone. The rest of the broadcast was largely bland and by-the-numbers.
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