Oscar Ads Disappointed More Than Stewart

David Kiley

The Academy Awards telecast last night was pretty weak. But unlike many reviewers, I’m not laying too much of the blame at the feet of first-time host Jon Stewart.
Frankly, I thought Stewart was pretty decent. Not as good as Billy Crystal (who is?) or Steve Martin, but better than Whoopie Goldberg.
I thought Stewart’s set-piece on old cowboy movies that used clips from stars like Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston and John Wayne out of context to show that they had “Brokeback” on their minds s in the glory days of the Western was very funny. And mock TV political ads pushing nominees were funny.

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