Oscar Verdict: We Very Much Enjoyed Our Show, Mostly

Critics may have judged this year’s Academy Awards as a tiresome experience, but most of the Aademy itself was quite pleased with the revamped ceremony and its new host, comedian Chris Rock. Still, not everyone is happy: “The tweaks to the format–which involved bringing whole groups of nominees onto the stage and handing out some Oscars in the aisles of the cavernous Kodak Theater–have met with occasional disgruntlement. To some, it even seemed cruel to award Oscars in the aisles.” Rock also came in for some criticism from older members of the Academy, who felt that he didn’t show the proper reverence for the Oscar tradition.