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TV Junkie: Oscar Hangover; 'The Closer' + Other Season Finales Tonight

Freida Pinto at the 81st Academy Awards, photo via AP
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The spectacle that is the Academy Awards was wonderfully covered by LAist last night but the outcomes of the spectacle were very predictable. LAist was at the SAG awards last month and most of the big winners there, who were also nominated for Oscars, were winners last night.The question is whether or not the broadcast of the Academy Awards was a winner or not. The show had 6% more viewers than in 2008 but 2008 was a record low year for viewership, but hey, the Oscars still ranks as the year's highest-rated entertainment spectacle on TV, so we must be nit-picking right?

We have to ask ourselves, do we really enjoy the schmaltzy cheeseball acts and lip-synching that is the staple of these awards shows? Also, viewers complained that some of the camera work during parts of the broadcast interfered with content that might have been interesting and engaging for the audience in the theater but was garbage for those at home.

For those following along on Twitter, among the "oohs" and "aahs" of starfawning, there were plenty of complaints about the produced numbers, the 4+ hour length of the show (not including pre- and post-programming) and a lot of "who gives a ____?" commentary.

What was your favorite/least favorite moment of last night's Oscars?

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Our faves: We were very pleased to see a film that we highlighted months ago on the TV Junkie, Discovery Channel's "Man on Wire", take away the Best Documentary Oscar. The Paul Newman montage was great and very moving.

The TV Junkie Plan: "Tornado", "Top Gear", "24", "History Detectives", Kimmel

[See Monday's TV Listing Highlights after the jump]