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What defines a successful Oscar night?

by AirTalk

Jennifer Lawrence onstage after winning the award for Actress in a Leading Role during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Seth MacFarlane took to the stage at Dolby Theater last night to host the 2013 Oscars. The show clocked in at three and a half hours and featured several musical performances. MacFarlane’s typically incendiary humor received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, both live and on Twitter, but the most resonant criticism of the show is not a new one: how can the Academy make the Oscars more interesting?

The show has come under fire in recent years for being long and slow, and is frequently filled with mundane speeches and sub-par jokes. Putting MacFarlane front and center may have been a bid for a young male audience, but was it effective?

Do you tune in for the host, or the awards themselves? What kinds of changes could make the Oscars more compelling? What were your favorite moments from last night’s show? Join us to discuss last night’s awards, the biggest snubs and surprises and the most deserved wins.

Guests:
Nicole Sperling, reporter for the Los Angeles Times 

Brian Lowry, Chief TV Critic for Variety Magazine

Mallika Rao, arts reporter for the Huffington Post, wrote “Oscar Night Rescue Plan: How To Fix The Academy Awards”
 

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