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83d Oscars 10:32 p.m.

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 27, 2011 10:31 PM

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We've hit a good streak. Billy Crystal is taken off ice to remind us what might have been and what deserves again to be. Why are we pretending that the Oscars were ever "cool," and does hiring Franco and Hathaway, whom I love in the movies, solve that "problem"? They're talented and hard-working and, yes, funny, but not cool. Crystal's shtick and the oddly over-processed Bob Hope clips that preceded just suggest that the Academy Awards should be whatever they are: long and corny and earnest. Never, ever cool. Of course, I write that and Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law show up and are cool. But my point stands: Bring back Billy Crystal. Or Whoopi Goldberg. In other news, Downey and Law just gave the visual effects Oscar to "Inception" and editing to "The Social Network."

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