The Academy Awards: 89th Oscars (2017)

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Jimmy Kimmel acquits himself commendably as a natural fit to host the Academy Awards, bringing a wry wit to a highly political 89th Oscars ceremony that culminates 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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Critic Ratings: 17

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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 (17) | Top Critics (12)

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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Overall, the Oscars telecast was an entertaining, mostly propulsive experience. Kimmel took risks, and that's to be applauded.

Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Overall, many of the late night personality's jokes landed with a thud - especially because more than a few of them were at the expense of people of color.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The progress made on Sunday night came after years of sustained criticism that forced the industry to improve itself. Until it's not surprising that the best picture of the year actually wins Best Picture, there will always be work to be done.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Watching the Moonlight people creep towards the stage, not sure they wanted to allow themselves to believe it was true, is indelible.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The 2017 Oscars had everything: delightful moments, predictable wins, notable firsts, and, as the viewing audience saw play out on live television, one major surprise milestone.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

A welcome touch of spontaneity in an Oscars ceremony so dishearteningly competent and mega-managed that even the calculated improvisation of bringing in tourists for an Oscars surprise party offered the nauseous wheedling of a game show.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

There have been years in the past that the Oscars have been an uneasy blend of celebration and seriousness. This year, they were also a reminder that there are few escapes from politics in public life right now.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Academy Awards: 89th Oscars

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