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Despite much frenzied tinkering by the Academy, the Oscars is boring, old-fashioned and overlong - and that’s exactly how it’s going to stay

24th February, 2019
Allison Janney will present the Best Supporting Actress award after all Pic: Getty

Even more than in previous years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will exhale a heartfelt “Thank God it’s over” when the curtain comes down on the 91st Oscars tonight. Despite multiple facelifts, the Oscars is showing its age; it becomes crankier and more sclerotic every year.

They say no good deed goes unpunished, and the Academy’s attempts to shorten and spice up this year’s Oscars is proof positive...

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