LAT review: How did Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin do at the Oscars?
In Monday's L.A. Times, Mary McNamara casts her reviewer's eye over the Academy Awards show as an event and wonders why, with seasoned comedians like Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosting, it had so little sense of ... timing. "There was a lot of incremental dead air and not just during Jeff Bridges' acceptance speech. It's a big stage and we seemed to spend a lot of time looking at it empty."
As for the hosts themselves, "They were unafraid to appear in a double Snuggie backstage and introduced presenters with flair -- 'He directed 'A Single Man,' she weighs a single pound, Tom Ford and Sarah Jessica Parker' -- and did their best to keep things moving."
Photo: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin at the Oscars. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)