The Academy Awards: 84th Oscars (2012)

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Despite Billy Crystal's strong hosting reputation, the 84th Oscars flounders under flat jokes and lifeless producing.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2012

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 84th Oscars

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Crystal was a shot in the arm, continuing with prepared sketches and zingers all evening. As probably the most popular Oscar emcee, he astonished the audience by topping himself.

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It wasn't a very good telecast, but Crystal and everyone else seemed to be delivering what they'd been asked to deliver: something with more nostalgia than daring. Perhaps even something downright retro. Almost like a black-and-white movie.

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I actually managed to get sort of caught up in the spirit of last night's three-hour-and-10-minute extravaganza.

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The show was generally awful, a Crystal-meth nightmare of bad jokes, worse timing, boring awards, and uninspired spectacle.

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I had merely an OK time. But my perspective is warped. I'd steeled myself for something far drearier. The first two hours moved along at a good pace, and the third only felt like it was 200 minutes long.

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Even though the ceremony itself ran just 3 hours 13 minutes -- which is comparatively short -- it seemed a whole lot longer with the inclusion of comic bits that dragged and felt like filler.

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The outpouring of affection afforded Streep sent an 11th-hour surge of energy coursing through an otherwise bland and uninspiring show.

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A night that was (to borrow from a nominated title) Extremely Long and Incredibly Dull.

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It was an affable, insider performance under circumstances that can easily be used as the show's alibi.

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For viewers wanting to watch an Oscar telecast in 2012 and not circa 1992 (or earlier), Mr. Crystal proved a disappointment.

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Crystal surprised everyone toward the beginning of the show by... doing exactly what he always does, singing. After last year's failed attempt to be young and hip, the Oscars' approach this year was clearly, "Ah, hell, let's just do what worked before."

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Billy Crystal just wasn't quite enough this year as the official Oscar gagmaker on ABC. In fact, in his ninth time as Oscar host, he seemed to have actually become the 21st century Bob Hope.

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