The Academy Awards: 78th Oscars Reviews

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.
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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
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
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
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
[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.
October 31, 2019
Overall, Stewart was sharp, clean, and sensibly deferential. Once, looking back at Joan Didion's first novel, Martin Amis called it "contently minor, above all," and the line applies here.
October 31, 2019
After a slightly clunky start, I thought Jon Stewart's weisenheimer act was nearly faultless.
October 31, 2019
Jon Stewart carried off his role with cautious aplomb, even if the pre-taped segments were his best material.
October 31, 2019
Somehow, the roaring vacuum of these Oscars even killed the chi of the Golden Boy, our very own Jon Stewart. He began apologizing within 20 minutes, once he realized he'd never get his ankles out of the anaconda.