Was the Oscar telecast great, so-so or horrendous?

I thought that is was boring. -Variety subscriber


After Jon Stewart and Chris Rock, someone should be giving Ellen an award. She was an excellent host, providing a warm environment yet not self serving or focused on herself. The naysayers would complain no matter who was the host. -Variety subscriber


I did not think it was boring at all. It was entertaining, and Ellen was her usual self, pretty safe but entertaining just the same. Previous years that I can remember have all been long and, well, dull (with the exception of John Stewart). I was impressed with Forest Whitaker’s speech and very happy for Martin. All in all I give it a strong B+. -Variety subscriber


It was one of the worst telecasts I can remember! It was long, boring and had no real flow. Ellen was not that funny and Jerry Seinfeld was probably the funniest presenter of the night. Maybe he should be given a hosting chance? You don’t have supporting Oscars until well after 70 minutes?! Zzzzzzzz…..-Variety subscriber


I thought the telecast itself was one of the best I’ve seen. The production was excellent, as were the highlight clips and in-between performances. Kudos to Laura Ziskin and Louis J. Horvitz for putting together a fabulous show.

Ellen was a serviceable host. She was funny, but not hilarious. She’s no Billy Crystal. I also preferred Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, and Steve Martin, but she was good.

For people who love movies, this was a fun show to watch, regardless of what you thought of the results. I’m thrilled for Marty Scorsese and “The Departed,” though I’m disappointed Eddie Murphy lost. I’m also shocked “Pan’s Labyrinth” was upset for Best Foreign Film. Now I have to go see “The Lives of Others” to see if it was valid.

And a tip to future winners, don’t put the Oscar on the floor to pull out and read your thank you lists! Respect the award! It’s the movie equivalent to never letting the American flag touch the ground. -writer/director


What were all those production numbers? It was like a boring biography that is required reading. Way too long.

Although I really like Alan Arkin, Eddie got robbed! -Variety subscriber


In my opinion, the Oscar telecast was horrendous. I don’t know what happened to Ellen DeGeneres, but her humor was so bland. I did not like how I had to wait 50 minutes before one of the major awards was announced, i.e., the best supporting actor. The show, as usual, lasted too long at 3 hours and 51 minutes. There were too many boring dance numbers and that school of sound skit was obnoxious. -Variety subscriber


Horrible! -Variety subscriber


From the opening montage to Martin Scorsese’s win, this was by far the best Oscar telecast since the heydays of Billy Crystal as host. Everything about the telecast was executed perfectly. I don’t recall a better single segment than the Elements & Motion piece run by the sound effects choir and “A comedian at the Oscar” was pure genius. Ellen could not have been a better host. Asking Steven Spielberg to make sure a photo is centered? What a gal.

The only disappointments were the speeches – no Halle Berry kiss, and no Roberto Benigni balancing acts, but you can’t have everything. -Variety subscriber


The Oscars were so-so. Ellen was good, but not much different then her TV show.

One of the reasons it goes on so long is that most of the presenters mention the nominees name with a little cute thing about the role and then an announcer says it all over again. Now I know that only takes about 30 seconds longer, but add them all up, and of course, since we really don’t remember who wins from year to year, are we really that interested in things like sound editing or sound mixing? Important for the industry, but not important for us. -Variety subscriber


Worst in years! Ellen DeGeneres is not funny. Give it to Seinfeld next year, or better yet, use the threesome of Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

The opening sequence was boring. I didn’t even know who most of those people were!

Also, it was such an Al Gore lovefest — enough already. It was like watching a DNC commercial. For all of Hollywood’s talk of diversity, you would be hard pressed to find a Republican included in their group. -Variety subscriber


BORING! It seemed like they would never get to the good stuff. How many foreign films and shorts can you give awards to? -Variety subscriber


This was a good show. So much depends on not only the production values and the host, but also the mood of the audience. Everyone seemed glad to be there and there wasn’t the sense of bitter competition. Ellen did a good job. Moreover, the industry has much to be proud of and the theme of community helped to make an enjoyable show.

It was great to see Mr. Scorsese finally get his well-deserved Oscar. And how can anyone not be impressed with Alan Arkin, admire and respect Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren and the rest.

Great Show! -Variety subscriber


First hour and 45 minutes was so-so. The remainder was great. Especially Jennifer Hudson’s win and “Dreamgirls” melody. -Variety subscriber


I love Ellen, but if I saw one more montage of old movie clips, I was going to pick up the television and throw it in the street. When Celine Dion came out I could hear clicks of the remotes of the 18-49 male demos.

This was the slowest, most boring, most uninspiring Oscar telecast I have ever seen. There were zero surprises. I wanted more Ellen, four minutes of an opening? Lose the former MTV News guy doing the play-by-play from back stage. Lauren Ziskin should not be invited back to do this again next year, it is time to bring in someone who knows how to produce a television show.

Can’t we just cut all of the excess fat the Oscars have picked up over the years and just go back to the awards and cut the show by two hours? It was horrendous. The audience looked bored, the people receiving awards looked scared they couldn’t thank anyone in less than 10 seconds and the endless clip packages — there should be one allowed per show — were ridiculous. -Variety subscriber


Ellen was great, but once again we have a show that just goes on forever. I think they should just go ahead and allow four hours for the telecast and then we would be excited when and if they came in under that. -Variety subscriber


First, I love Ellen. I think she is very funny, but what happened last night? Was she playing it “too safe,” as some pundits have said, or was she just off her game? The opening sequence montage was below par and much too long. Now there were some great moments — picture taking by Spielberg and the vacuuming was not bad — but where did the show go from there? The show went on forever. The show was a dull example of what should have been one of the most exciting programs of the year.

The surprise awards in some categories added some spice, but when you wait over an hour for a major award something is amiss. Re
member when the show started with a bang with announcement of the Best Supporting Actor? By the way, why didn’t Eddie Murphy win? Barbara Walters comments that possibly he is seen as too “remote.” Well, “Pan’s Labyrinth” wasn’t remote with all the other Oscars wins and then no Best Foreign Film award. I may never understand, but I wouldn’t mind if the show was great!

One highlight: who knew Al Gore was so funny?-Variety subscriber


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