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Worst: Billy Crystal return as host
Ever have that favorite movie that you haven't seen in years, but you keep telling everyone its your favorite? Then you see it again and go, "Huh, it hasn't aged well. It's good, but not as great as I remember." Well, that was the case with Crystal. The nine-time host made a joke about needing to appeal to the 18-24 demo by having Justin Bieber make a cameo and then proceeded to deliver 3 hours of mostly stale and uninspired jokes that only Beiber's grandparents would love. That might have played to the room, but it might not have to ABC's advertisers. Crystal brought in new writers to freshen up his material, but besides some knocks on the Kodak Theater losing its sponsor he was incredibly safe. The Academy has to be thankful for the stability Crystal brought back to the show after last year's disaster, but this should mark his warmly received finale.
- Gregory Ellwood