The Academy Awards: 79th Oscars Reviews

November 4, 2019
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.
November 4, 2019
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.
October 30, 2019
DeGeneres was her usual casual, relaxed self -- but most of her jokes were more worthy of her daytime show than the Oscars.
October 30, 2019
Overall, Oscar remains a horrible waste of nearly four hours, superfluous Celine Dion included.
October 30, 2019
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.
October 30, 2019
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.
October 30, 2019
Pleasant and innocuous but hardly exciting, DeGeneres forgot the primary Academy Award host directive: It's not about the host.
October 29, 2019
It was a crisply managed telecast that ran flatulently long, an exercise in bogus modesty and sincere self-congratulation, a seamless celebration of celebrity in which the awards... flowed together in a viscous ooze of knowingness.
October 29, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres was a tepid host at last night's Academy Awards. With her wry, rambling, hemming-and-hawing style, she wanted to put everyone at ease; but instead, she put us to sleep.
February 8, 2019
Never before has a producer put so much thought and effort to breathe life into the long and dull string of awards that precede the ones for which nearly all viewers tune in.
February 8, 2019
It was long. It was flat. And it was bloated. Worst of all, it was boring.
February 8, 2019
DeGeneres didn't seem to have quite the stature of the legendary Oscar hosts of the distant past -- namely Johnny Carson and Bob Hope.