The Academy Awards: 79th Oscars Reviews

November 4, 2019
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.
November 4, 2019
Ellen Degeneres was fantastic. She was funny, kept the long show going, and has this wonderfully vibrant charisma that just leaps off the screen.
November 4, 2019
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.
November 4, 2019
Hostess Ellen DeGeneres was a breath of fresh air with a chatty, low-key and agreeably daffy debut.
November 4, 2019
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.
Top Critic
November 1, 2019
DeGeneres effected the perfect combination of pretending not to care while caring very much.
October 31, 2019
Overall, this was a kinder, homier Oscar celebration. It was a little boring and flabby, but well intentioned -- just like its host, Ellen DeGeneres.
October 30, 2019
Once again this year, the broadcast ran long... It was worth the wait to see Scorsese finally win.
October 30, 2019
Provincial, check. Sedate, you got it. I'd be tempted to go so far as snoozy, but there were enough moments to get the blood flowing.
February 25, 2019
Ellen did a great job, and Scorsese's moment was a loooong time coming, so the whole night felt very satisfying. All that and Beyoncé?
February 8, 2019
Given that many Oscar ceremonies begin with a killer opening only for everything to go downhill from there, Sunday's telecast was a refreshing change of pace.
Top Critic
February 8, 2019
The jokes were about the importance of the evening but her tone was intimate and informal. In a town filled with film events, this is still the Big One and the mood is high energy.