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Review: Diva Night at the Oscars

The trend of so-called "hate-watching" is hardly a new TV phenomenon. We've been doing it with the Oscar show for years: picking apart the fashions, groaning at the witless banter, griping as we drift through the seemingly endless midsection where no awards of major consequence are presented, and nearly always regarding the unlucky host as a piñata ripe for the bashing.

This year's tuneful but torturously overextended production (ending just past the three-and-a-half-hour mark) was much the same. With one major exception: The musical numbers were no joke, especially when mighty divas as legendary as Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey and as electrifyingly current as Adele and Jennifer Hudson took the stage. No Rob Lowe-Snow White fiascos this time.

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44th Academy Awards - Charlie Chaplin receives an Honorary Award
46th Academy Awards - Host David Niven and the streaker (Robert Opel)
48th Academy Awards - Louise Fletcher wins the Best Actress Oscar
41st Academy Awards - Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tie

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2014 Royal Variety Performance 2014 TV Show Series, Performer
2013 85th Academy Awards TV Show Series, Performer
2005 Shirley Bassey TV Show Series, Host
2003 The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode Episode, Performer
Best of Both Worlds: David Rose Episode, Performer

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