Circuit Q&A – How Would You Rate the Oscars This Year?

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**Circuit Q&A’s are our daily community question, posed to the readers of AwardsCircuit that cover various topics from film and television to general wonderings and for instances**

The 91st Academy Awards are in the books. We’ve made it. There’s plenty of analysis to come, though today we’re asking for some initial gut reactions. Specifically, we’re curious about how you found the actual telecast. Was it better than expected? Worse? Right at the level you foresaw? What grade would you give to the Oscar telecast? That’s what we want to know right now.

Considering all of the changes that the Oscar telecast went back and forth instituting then reneging on, did you notice a difference? Did the show feel any smoother than usual? Was the inclusion of the initially removed categories something that felt shoehorned in? Did you miss “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” being performed during the Best Original Song showcases? Overall, was it a show that felt familiar or did it represent some sort of sea change?

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Perhaps there were some moments that really elevated the telecast for you? Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga performing “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” brought down the house. Spike Lee jumping into Samuel L. Jackson‘s arms is another great image. If something like that did it for you, that can make the show on the whole better. Hell, maybe just the wins themselves made you happy?

Here’s your chance to chime in with your personal review. What are your gut reactions/thoughts on the show itself and how the Oscar telecast turned out? Let us know!

What Are Your Thoughts On The Oscar Telecast? Did It Exceed Expectations Or Underwhelm You?

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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I would give it a light 2 1/2- 3 stars. I enjoyed some speeches, First Man and Coleman were pleasant surprises, and the show was a bit quicker and less filler then the past few years have been. Some speeches weren’t all that good, the attempts at humor were hit and miss, and the Ballad of Buster Scruggs song is better in context of the movie then performed live. And while I don’t think Green Book deserved Screenplay or Picture, it wasn’t the worst nominated in those categories so it isn’t the worst outcome. All in all not too bad.


I’d go 6/10. There were some great winners, and some awful winners. I was thrilled about Spike Lee, First Man, Coleman, King, and Black Panther all winning. I hated all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins. Green Book’s wins are something nobody will remember in 3 years. I also thought the show ran smoother though, and am happy they were able to shorten the length without cutting any categories.

So a decidedly average Oscars for me.


I loved it- a nice quick ceremony with some nice surprises and unpredictable season. The Favourite only won for Colman, and Bohemian didn’t get Picture. All in all, a very good year


In terms of the show itself, surprisingly one of the best in years. The host-less approach worked because of the strength and the material provided for presenters. There were some actually funny moments.

As for the awards, a mixed batch – some worthy surprises, but still a lot of awards going to films that should not have had the nomination numbers they did. For a show that I came into with the lowest level of excitement for in years, it turned out to be a memorable evening.

Joey Magidson

Up until the final half hour or so, when the commercials came on too often, it was surprisingly well paced.


Not bad. The highlight for me was Lee’s triumph. Gave me goosebumps. And Janney looked absolutely beautiful.


My only problem with the show is the long speeches sometimes and some musical performances were kinda boring. Other than that, it was fast and fun, a great night. Forget hosts, this is way better! 9/10


One thing I disliked, aside from Green Book’s ridiculous win, was when each Best Picture was introduced, we were treated to a fast compilation of bits ‘n’ pieces from the film. Surely they could’ve found a scene from each to demonstrate the strength of the nominee? Streisand’s introduction to BlacKkKlansman was beautiful and genuine by the way and she summed it up well. “Its everything a film should be” or words to that effect. Very nicely done.

Michael R

I thought it was the best produced Oscar show in years. Olivia Colman’s shocking win, Spike Lee’s joy, the hilarious John Mullaney and Awkafina, and the well-chosen (for the most part) acting clips all contributed to a fabulous show. Add Bette Midler’s and Gaga/Cooper’s fabulous musical performances and I would rate it a 9 out of 10.


I ended up loving the absence of a host a lot more than I thought I would. Everything seemed to go by a lot smoother and I don’t think relegating certain categories to commercials would have helped it even more. Would love to see them continue this in the future. However… I found myself miserable throughout most of it, and I’m not sure why. On paper its because there were a lot of ‘just fine’ films winning everything, but Black Panther won 3, Spike Lee finally won, Spider-Man won, Cuaron won 3… I would think that would be enough for… Read more »


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