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Was that the Oscars or the Grammy Awards?

With more than an hour left in Sunday night's Oscar telecast, presenter Will Smith cracked "I believe (host) Hugh Jackman is napping."

If so, he wasn't alone.

Jackman is a likable actor and didn't embarrass himself. But the slow-moving show had so many musical numbers that it seemed more like the Tony or Grammy Awards than the Academy Awards.

For most of the night, the understated program seemed lifeless unless music was playing. But I did like the idea of having acting legends introduce the nominated actors rather than just show clips that usually fail to do them justice.

For the second straight year, there was a glitch in the telecast carried by Channel 7. This time, the picture was either lost or fragmented twice in the first hour while I was watching on cable.

Did  it happen to you? What did you think of Jackman? And what did you think was the highlight of the show?

-- Alan Pergament

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