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THE 86TH ANNUAL OSCARS: THE REVIEWS

March 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Reviews of Sunday night’s Oscars telecast could have been written for any Oscars telecast dating back to 1953, the first one. They were, said most of the critics, too long, too safe, too predictable. Only their words were often more scathing. Wrote Tim Goodman in the Hollywood Reporter: “As a television event, [it] was more like an endurance test. It was a turgid affair, badly directed, poorly produced and featuring an endless string of either tired or wince-inducing moments by [host Ellen] DeGeneres, who, by the last 30 or so minutes, seemed to have given up entirely and imploded into herself.” Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times gave DeGeneres a smidgen of praise for a bit in which she arranged a selfie in the celebrity-packed audience but said another bit in which she passed out pizza “was not as hilarious as many people clearly thought it would be.” In the end, she wrote, “her bits increasingly became just another part of the tedium, like all the various editing awards.” After trumpeting in advance that she would be “live snarking” on Twitter, industry gossip Nikki Finke found little to snark about. On three tweets, she noted that former Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov was responsible for greenlighting Gravity and Her, against the judgment of the current Warner Bros. regime. “Here’s problem with tonight’s show,” she tweeted. “It’s so inoffensive. Oscar ratings are made by The Unexpected And the Controversies.” Later: “3 hours have passed already, and I’m still waiting for this Oscars to get memorable.” Similarly, Britain’s Guardian remarked, “The dust has settled, the verdicts trickled in — and we wonder if we’re the only ones nostalgic for Seth MacFarlane?” “Wow, that was a ragged Oscars show,” headlined Kevin Roderick on his LA Observed blog. But Robert Bianco in USA Today remarked that last year’s show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, was far more “bumpy.” Wrote Bianco: “And there’s the lesson. 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.”