The Academy Awards: 79th Oscars (2007)

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79th Oscars
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Ellen DeGeneres brings her breezy affability to the 79th Oscars and director Martin Scorsese finally gets his due, but a succession of predictable winners saps this ceremony of spontaneity.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2007

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 79th Oscars

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15)

It was the most elegant and somehow gentle Oscarcast I can remember, unfolding smoothly with well-chosen words, original production ideas, and host Ellen DeGeneres finding the right mood and pace to weave it all together.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The show was its usual overlong muddle of snappy humor, tired shtick and way too many tribute montages, though Ellen DeGeneres made a likable, funny host.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It was an odd night for Oscar. The speeches were short, the orchestra wasn't too pushy too much of the time, and the host was hilarious, dithery and sweet; the academy should put Ellen DeGeneres on permanent retainer.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

DeGeneres was loose, offhand and all-ages funny for the show, tipping the Academy that maybe "edgy" was not the way to go for an Oscar host.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

DeGeneres effected the perfect combination of pretending not to care while caring very much.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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Pleasant and innocuous but hardly exciting, DeGeneres forgot the primary Academy Award host directive: It's not about the host.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Ellen Degeneres was fantastic. She was funny, kept the long show going, and has this wonderfully vibrant charisma that just leaps off the screen.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The 79th Academy Awards season was a decidedly ho-hum affair, with most of the major awards going to their predicted recipients, no spectacular upset and few genuinely memorable moments.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

DeGeneres was her usual casual, relaxed self -- but most of her jokes were more worthy of her daytime show than the Oscars.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, Oscar remains a horrible waste of nearly four hours, superfluous Celine Dion included.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The only beneficiary of Ziskin's languid pacing was host Ellen DeGeneres, who got funnier as the night wore on. In the midst of this debacle, a chicken-crossing-the-road joke would have generated belly laughs.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

There was hope that DeGeneres might redeem the telecast, but her patter was not nearly as funny as the times she's hosted the Emmy Awards, celebrating television.

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