The Academy Awards: 88th Oscars (2016)

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88th Oscars
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Returning host Chris Rock addresses the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with cutting insight and a cathartic warmth during one of the strongest Oscars ceremonies in years.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2016

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 88th Oscars

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Rock proceeded to raise the issue of #OscarsSoWhite throughout the night in funny, provoking, and lively ways. He ensured that the members of the academy stayed on the hook, instead of helping them get off of it.

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It lacked any major gaffs, beyond running a little longer than necessary, and featured some fun surprises.

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It's great that Hollywood wants to be inclusive. An equally pressing issue: Staging a more entertaining Oscar telecast. Why must the show be a slog?

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Overall, the comedian got away with truth-telling due to his wit, intelligence and delivery. It was a spanking for the industry, as edgy as he could be in primetime on ABC.

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Amid the strong moments, there was plenty of fat that could have been cut. But hey, at least everyone got cookies.

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[Chris Rock] was fast, furious and funny, managing at times to mock both sides but concluding, "You're damn right, Hollywood is racist."

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Not surprisingly for a show that lasted three-and-a-half hours, the 2016 Oscars didn't exactly whiz by, though there were a few surprises, and enough highlights to keep it from falling off the cliff into tedium.

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While it wasn't the worst Oscars hosting performance in recent memory -- remember Neil Patrick Harris' box, anyone? -- it felt like a missed opportunity, to say the least.

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With the racial controversy overshadowing this year's Academy Awards, last night was probably the most pointedly satirical Oscars ever. (Perhaps the only pointedly satirical Oscars ever.) It was also a terrific show.

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Chris Rock had the daunting task of acknowledging the legitimate grievances and making the assembled Hollywood audience laugh... The opening monologue was uneven, as it almost had to be.

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It's hard to remember another Oscar monologue that made observations about our culture this sharp, that was this ruthless in its reckoning with what is simultaneously the most vapid industry in the world and also one of the most important and influential.

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Chris Rock, who last hosted the Oscars in 2005, confronted the #OscarsSoWhite controversy head-on as host of The 88th Annual Academy Awards and he proved to be a smart, shrewd, equal-opportunity mocker.

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