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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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45th Academy Awards - Host Charlton Heston is late for the show and Clint Eastwood fills in
44th Academy Awards - Charlie Chaplin receives an Honorary Award
41st Academy Awards - Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tie
The Best of Shirley Bassey

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2013 85th Academy Awards TV Show Series, Performer
2005 Shirley Bassey TV Show Series, Host
Engelbert Humperdinck Presents...: Shirley Bassey Episode, Guest
Best of Both Worlds: David Rose Episode, Performer
The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode Episode, Performer

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