The Academy Awards: 89th Oscars (2017)

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Jimmy Kimmel's wry wit elevates a highly political 89th Oscars ceremony that culminated in an awe-inspiring fiasco that may have been mortifying in the room, but proved to be unforgettable on the screen.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2017

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Honors for achievements in film take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 89th Oscars

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (24)

La La Land was announced Best Picture, seemingly crowning a dull night, but, in fact, inaugurating a crazy one. The ending of the show completely overshadowed everything that came before it, even as it undermined any coherent sense of trajectory.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…
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Up until [the finale], Kimmel had mostly hit his marks Sunday night at the 89th Academy Awards, which didn't need the furious funny that Chris Rock brought last year to deal with the awkwardness of #OscarsSoWhite.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Kimmel took the stage for a likable opening monologue that blended political humor with the usual Hollywood teasing... Kimmel was a fine host, staying in charge most of the night.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Until the epic best-picture fiasco at Sunday's Academy Awards, first-time host Jimmy Kimmel was having a pretty good night.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The impact of Barry Jenkins's words were blunted, as was the message of hope to the kind of kids who will no longer have the same protection in their schools that they did last year. Then our emcee made bad impromptu jokes.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The Academy has upped the diversity of its membership in response to last year's protests - and it shows.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…
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Jimmy Kimmel was pretty good, stealing as much as he could from the Ellen Degeneres playbook... A good, solid B-plus job, but Degeneres remains the best since Billy Crystal.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A show that presented itself as transgressive, but remained steadfastly safe. Self-congratulation was the overriding theme of the 2017 Academy Awards.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The most politicized -- and most nauseating -- Oscar program in history.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

It's destined to sit... in any future list of the most shameful Oscar moments. It's all of those things. And yet it was an oddly thrilling, and oddly moving moment, and one that anyone watching is unlikely to forget any time soon.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

To his credit, Kimmel didn't take himself or the proceedings too seriously. But that also robbed this Oscars of emotional impact.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

My trust in the show and, of course, Price Waterhouse, is broken. The last one-true thing in my life, something so inconsequential and yet beautiful for its utter simplicity and dependability is in shambles.

Oct 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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