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The Academy Awards: 73rd Oscars (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Steve Martin proves himself a winning Oscars host with some gentle ribbing throughout a restrained ceremony that spreads the wealth among one of the most competitive lineups in years.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

Give [Steve Martin] his due, he not only managed to make the Shrine Auditorium audience forget that Billy Crystal was not there, but proved that, even for a first-time Oscar host, he was smartly up to the challenge.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The 2001 edition of the Academy Awards was fast, clean, unmemorable. The risks were few, the payoff small, the Best Picture prize somehow both shocking and anticlimactic.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

With Martin, the Academy hoped to find a next-generation Crystal or Carson -- someone of the industry, but apart from it. Also, someone funny... but coolly detached. This outing instead was stodgy and old-fashioned.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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It was almost enough to restore your faith, I tell you. There are good reasons for loving show business, even in a sodden Oscar year.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Both lightly paced and dignified, most of the evening lacked emotion.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon got robbed, the speeches were too short, the songs were too long and Steve Martin should have spent more time on screen, and could have been a bit funnier.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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