Whatever you make of the slap, the telecast as a whole was a frustrating night of television that seemed based on a misunderstanding of what makes films great.
The night made history, from That Slap to milestone wins by Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose, and a rousing performance by Beyoncé.
On a night when “CODA” became the first film from a streaming service to win best picture, the focus was on Will Smith’s altercation with Chris Rock.
The show strained to offer something for everyone. But it could still create shocking moments.
In an interview, the stars said they plan to keep the show moving and make sure it’s funny. But there will be a segment about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Why academy efforts like trimming awards from the telecast won’t help. People watch because it’s a show about elite work, not in spite of it.
The comic actresses are in final talks for the job, which the producer Will Packer is adding back to the ceremony. The event had been hostless for the past three years.