The Academy Awards: 86th Oscars (2014)

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Ellen Degeneres breaks the internet with a record-setting selfie, impromptu pizza, and a genial warmth that smoothly pilots an Oscars ceremony free of glaring gaffes -- if a little bereft of spontaneity.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2014

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 86th Oscars

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The mere fact that an unsurprising Oscar outcome could contain not only this much diversity, but also this much valuation of serious, difficult work was heartening.

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These Oscars were, more than anything, sorely missing a sense of fun. DeGeneres tried an endless running joke where she ordered pizza from the stage; it was OK, but it didn't really work.

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DeGeneres' was such a low-key approach to hosting that it verged on anti-humor -- bits involving her sitting on the stage with a guitar or ordering pizza... never arrived at a punchline, just meandered in the general area of one.

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There were some moments: Host Ellen DeGeneres' jokes had more bite than usual, and it worked... But overall, the Oscars had too many long stretches of oddly paired stars asked to read dull introductions

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DeGeneres took comfort-hosting a step further by repeatedly sacrificing humor for camaraderie.

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Is it cute, ordering pizza for the A-listers in the audience, or just silly? It was stretched thin.

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This was an Oscars of pleasant inevitability peppered with a few moments of odd levity.

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DeGeneres was a friendly, funny and refreshingly grounded host in a classy, though typically overstuffed and overlong, ceremony distinguished by some memorably moving speeches.

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DeGeneres brought predictable respectability to Sunday's 86th Academy Awards. Too bad this particular brand of predictable respectability was a bore.

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There were many excellent films rewarded, and many excellent speeches, but they were surrounded by a host of bad, ill-timed production choices so that it all felt like noise.

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Ladies and gentlemen: I'm shocked -- shocked! -- to inform you that the '14 Oscars were actually quite good. In fact, they were better than good. They were excellent, and the best they've been in a decade.

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DeGeneres, who previously hosted in 2007, kept everything clubby and light-hearted, never pushing for anything harder than a nice, appreciative laugh from everyone.

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