Critic Consensus: Hugh Jackman brings his trademark showman flair to an 81st Oscars that goes to great lengths to liven up the formula, but much of the telecast's innovations only serve to highlight how easily the ceremony can teeter into cumbersome spectacle.
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Hosted by Hugh Jackman, the 81st Academy Awards achieved a smartly calibrated mix of past and present. It was a starry, starry night that took seriously the work of movie-making.
Jackman did a Crystal song-and-dance montage in better voice and with superior dance moves. But it was still Crystal's shtick, and consequently, this turned out to be exactly what it was: a shticky attempt to find the next Crystal.
Jackman hustled heartily, capturing the right tone for a ceremony that felt conspicuously clubby and intimate even as it strove for grander grandeur.
Audience Reviews for The Academy Awards: 81st Oscars
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