The Academy Awards: 80th Oscars (2008)


80th Oscars
The Academy Awards

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Jon Stewart returns with a new and improved opening monologue that belies how this 81st Academy Awards followed on the heels of the Hollywood writer's strike, providing a deft hand to a solid if unsurprising ceremony.



Critic Ratings: 11

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Air date: Feb 24, 2008

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 80th Oscars

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

It was all so dour. Where was the elegance of Helen Mirren's win last year, the unpredictability of Roberto Benigni's acceptance speech?

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Was that especially uneventful, Lynda, or will all Oscar ceremonies henceforth play as if they'd already happened once before in a galaxy far, far away? Not at all the Mardi Gras blowout I'd hoped for.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Stewart proved to be quite good at moving the ceremony along with good humor and just the right amount of incredulity.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Well, the major theme of the night was how many surprises there were. Even Roger Ebert is probably second guessing the Academy right now. But it was a memorable evening.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

A few surprises here and there but we made it through safe enough. Congrats to the Academy for voting wise and fair this year. Keep it up. You're almost giving me hope!

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

With the assistance of 11 other credited writers, the host for the evening, Jon Stewart, was much more relaxed and a lot wittier than when he made his debut in that role two years ago.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Two years ago, Stewart had struggled on his debut, with sketches falling flat and a number of lines bombing. But this time he was sparkling.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show began to drag as one dusty montage after another of Oscar history piled up, more numerous and less effective than in recent memory.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Chalk it up perhaps to truncated prep time, but the strike-threatened Oscars yielded a sleek and workmanlike telecast.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The short prep time for this year's Oscars was easily discernible during a broadcast.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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