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The Academy Awards: 81st Oscars (2009)

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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.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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Jackman did his best. His mission just wasn't accomplishable.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Jackman hustled heartily, capturing the right tone for a ceremony that felt conspicuously clubby and intimate even as it strove for grander grandeur.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…
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It was the best Oscar show I've ever seen, and I've seen plenty.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Jackman did so with aplomb, earning a standing ovation for his opening production number, a musical parody montage of the nominated films.

February 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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