The Academy Awards: 90th Oscars (2018)

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Critics Consensus

The 90th Academy Awards played it safe and hit no major snags -- but by clocking in at over four hours, returning host Jimmy Kimmel and company wore out their welcome long before the surprise ending.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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Air date: Mar 4, 2018

Tv Season Info

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th annual ceremony. "The Shape of Water" leads with 13 nominations; "Dunkirk" has eight; and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has seven. From the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 90th Oscars

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (19)

At the end of the evening Dunaway and Beatty presented the Oscar, with no hiccups, to The Shape of Water, an undramatic end to an undramatic evening.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The unwieldy thing was a chore even for movie lovers who had seen the nominees.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

There are probably a lot of people adjacent to the Oscars who just didn't want any surprises Sunday night. And the biggest takeaway from the evening -- the good news and the bad news -- is that there weren't any.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…
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This was the best, most inspiring, and most sheerly likable Academy Awards telecast I've ever seen and I've seen 'em all.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

A new host behind the mic... would have delivered a more powerful show. One that wouldn't have felt nearly four hours long (even though it was); one thoroughly unforgettable instead of sporadically memorable.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Jimmy] Kimmel didn't appear to be trying to give a big home run performance; his goal was to serve as our dependable guide through rough waters, to celebrate Hollywood at a time when it is embattled. And he succeeded.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

While it probably won't be remembered too strongly for its big moments, the 90th Oscars were incredibly well-produced and featured a stellar Best Picture lineup to boot.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It was...settling back into being its normal, boring, pre-Moonlight self. The ceremony was too long, as always, and there were too many bits and too much huffing and puffing over the magic of movies, as always.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

This year there seemed to be an embarrassment of riches when it came to the socio-political issues. Gender, age, sexuality, colour, diversity - in giving nods to all and more, at times it felt like Oscar had bitten off more than it could chew.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The Oscars telecast, clocking in at four hours and 50 minutes, was chock-full of carefully-produced moments. Yet it couldn't live up to its own.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Academy Awards: 90th Oscars

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