The Academy Awards: 82nd Oscars (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin share an amiable comedic rapport, but their gentle barbs do little to liven up a placid 82nd Oscars that can't seem to decide whether it wants to be hip for the kids or staid for the old guard.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2010

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The 82nd Academy Awards began with cheeky aplomb before hitting a series of familiar notes. And then making a little bit of history. Some of it with local ties.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

This year's production was a sincere and sedated designer gown show. As the ceremony approached its four-hour midnight finish and the major awards were rushed through... here was an extraordinary feeling of anticlimax.

Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The Mechanic/Shankman changes all felt cynical, but the big moments involving Bullock, Mo'Nique, and Kathryn Bigelow made for a hugely memorable evening anyway.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

So when reflecting on a telecast like this one, it's best to just think of the satisfying winners and tributes... and accept with serenity the things that haven't been fixed in 82 years and probably aren't ever going to change.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The two [Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin] did a great job of keeping the atmosphere light and no doubt, helping viewers not only tune in, but to stick around.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Sharing didn't seem to come naturally to the hosting duo.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite everyone's best efforts, this year's Oscars seemed to suffer from a crisis of confidence. Although studded with entertaining and emotional moments, it just never seemed to get going.

Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin made like an old-style vaudeville act, presiding over a show that plowed through the awards with workmanlike efficiency and didn't seem to mind being a little boring.

Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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The Oscar telecast... was not very good-but, despite some attempts at freshening it up, it was also not very good in pretty much exactly the ways that we're used to old-fashioned Oscarcasts being not very good.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Overloading the show with teen-pinup presenters and frontloading a tribute to director John Hughes were just two of the ways Oscar gave what might have been its most unabashed effort to age down its audience.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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