The Academy Awards: 86th Oscars Reviews

February 25, 2019
While the comedy bits felt a bit more labored this time than they did at the 2007 Oscars, Ellen proved herself to be once again queen of the schmoozers.
January 31, 2019
It may sound like damning with faint praise, but this was certainly the best Oscar telecast in the past four years. Host Ellen DeGeneres did a competent job, without ever being an overpowering presence.
January 31, 2019
The show was filled with authentic, sometimes authentically bizarre moments.
January 31, 2019
DeGeneres brought all the qualities that make her a beloved daytime talk show host to her role as Oscar emcee.
January 31, 2019
She [Ellen DeGeneres] basically took a page out of Stephen Colbert's handbook, casting herself as an Oscar believer and insider, so she could tease what was going on around her without seeming like a tease.
January 31, 2019
Choose a better host, you get a better show. Choose a really good host, as DeGeneres proved to be Sunday, and you get the best Oscar broadcast since, well, the last time she hosted.
Top Critic
January 31, 2019
Ellen was good, too -- but safe and good, in that order, which is now the order of importance for any host post-Seth MacFarlane.
January 31, 2019
She was warm. She was funny. She was likeable. But, unlike MacFarlane, she was forgettable.
January 31, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres did not show up at the Oscars to deliver blistering comedy. But at least she delivered pizza.
January 31, 2019
As a television event, this year's Oscars was more like an endurance test -- turgid, badly directed, poorly produced and featuring an endless string of tired or wince-inducing moments from host Ellen DeGeneres.
January 31, 2019
DeGeneres is in many ways one of the few talents suited to this sort of steadfastly middle-of-the-road take on the Oscars - able to joke around with celebrities... without ever coming across as mean-spirited.