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
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
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
Pleasant and innocuous but hardly exciting, DeGeneres forgot the primary Academy Award host directive: It's not about the host.
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.
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.
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.
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.