Oscar Awards coverage, Los Angeles Times, March 31, Jay Sharbutt, Part I:
"The black-tie ceremonies were televised nationally by ABC and aired either live or on a tape-delay basis in 85 other countries. Although efforts were made to keep it brisk and avoid more of the declining ratings that have plagued it for the past three years, the show often dragged."
Los Angeles Times, March 31, Jack Mathews, Calendar ("Oscars Get Down to Serious Business"):
"Monday's Oscar show was a gem to watch, both for the awards and the production, the first under the aegis of Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Goldwyn's decision to dwell on film clips, both from vintage films and from those pertinent to the nominations, kept the show rolling without the usual second-hour flat spots. . . It drifted beyond the three-hour limit. But it didn't feel like it."
Did these two reporters see the same event? Personally, it was, BLT on white bread--Boring, Long, Tedious.