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Week in Review: Billy Crystal, Oscar surprises [video]

March 2, 2012 |  4:15 pm

Since airing last Sunday, the Oscars have been the source of much debate. Did Billy Crystal restore some much-needed showmanship to the proceedings or set the event back with Catskills humor?  Should the telecast's flat rating among adults ages 18 to 49 be cause for alarm at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or celebrated as a victory of sorts?

And were there indeed any surprises on the podium, what with “The Artist” sweeping the biggest awards?

The Times’ Nicole Sperling and Steven Zeitchik look back at these questions and others from Hollywood’s biggest night.

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— Steven Zeitchik



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