Chris Rock did a good, entertaining, hard working performance hosting the Oscars tonight. BUT... the problem was that the hard working aspect was visible during every second of the performance. The great thing about Crystal - and Bob Hope and Johnny Carson before him - is that they were the effortless hosts of a party who made the audience feel at home.
In addition, the material could have been funnier (I smiled a lot, but never laughed), but the jokes were always never less than good, if not stellar. Still, in the hands of a Billy Crystal, I think they might have been a lot funnier.