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The Highlights & Worst Aspects Of The 85th Academy Awards

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by Oliver Lyttelton
February 25, 2013 2:35 PM
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Lowlights

Seth MacFarlane
The "Family Guy" and "Ted" creator was always going to be divisive -- his mix of old-school entertainer vibe and button-pushing humor made demograhpic sense, and he impressed hosting "Saturday Night Live" recently, but there was always the risk that it would come out as mean-spirited as much of his output so far. And unfortunately, that's what we got. MacFarlane was reasonably competent at hosting (he didn't fall off the stage or dry up or anything), and he had a few decent laugh lines -- it wasn't a James Franco-style disaster. But it was almost more insidious than that, with a thick vein of sexism running throughout the show, from opening number "We Saw Your Boobs" (it's worth remembering that several of the scenes MacFarlane mentioned in the number were rape scenes) to an icky joke about Quvenzhane Wallis to gags directed at Jennifer Aniston and Adele, to the line about "Zero Dark Thirty" being about how women can't let anything go -- barely a commercial break would go by without MacFarlane targeting women. He might take pride in being an equal opportunity offender, but he was certainly aiming at some targets more than others. There was no "We Saw Your Penis," for instance, a contrast particularly drawn by the way Andy Samberg at the Spirit Awards joked not about Helen Hunt's nudity, but about John Hawkes' lack of it. Not that the others got off scott free either, with very MacFarlaneish jokes about Jews (the very word treated, as it so often is, as a sort of punchline), Nazis and more. A balance can be struck when it comes to offensive material, but it has to feel less lazy and mean-spirited than this (as with "Ted," the gags were shocking, but never even transgressive), leaving MacFarlane looking like a flailing frat-boy. That much of the show also revolved around his narcissist swing singer side gig (including the trainwreck of a closing number, which had the feeling of being performed to an empty auditorium) didn't help his cause much either.
The Avengers

It felt a little odd when the cast of "The Avengers" were introduced, only for them to walk on without Scarlett Johansson (who is presumably unavailable due to Broadway commitments, but still). And the bit (which saw the cast presenting Cinematography and Visual Effects) only got more ill-conceived from there. Robert Downey Jr's opening crack about box office came across as bitter, the banter failed to ever take off and we're still not sure whether they actually botched it, or if it was just deliberately terrible. But it perhaps demonstrated that you if you can't get Joss Whedon to write for those guys, it may not be worth bothering.
Tarantino’s Speech

While Quentin Tarantino probably had good intentions when he started his “Django Unchained” acceptance speech for Best Original Screenplay last night, the man’s healthy ego certainly got in the way fast.  Ostensibly trying to pay his actors a compliment, he ultimately did it in a way -- much like he did all season long with talk about his own “poetry” -- that was painfully self-congratulatory, patting himself on the back for the casting, and in his skill in writing characters. “It’s not just an easy thing to say,” Tarantino said of the lines of dialogue in his “Django Unchained” script. “It really is why I’m standing here. Knowing people who watch my films 20-30 years from now it’s going to be because of the characters I created.” Cut to shot of Jamie Foxx going, “Jesus, Quentin, where are you going with this?” Yes, a lot of people get awkward during acceptance speeches generally full of emotion and fear, but this has been Tarantino’s signature form all year long. “I’ve only got one chance to get it right. I’ve got to cast the right people to make those character come alive and hopefully live for a long time,” Tarantino said. “And boy this time did I do it!” Yes, Tarantino, perhaps realizing how this may sound tried to rally and thank his actors, peers and competition, but lord that was a very awkward and strange acceptance speech.
Most Of The Musical Numbers

While we dug the dance numbers, the "Les Miserables" medley and the Bond themes, there were just as many musical numbers that didn't work, mostly revolving around MacFarlane. We've already talked about the borderline-infantile "We Saw Your Boobs," but the rewrite of "Be Our Guest" was pretty lacking in laughs, and the final number, a tribute to the losers, with him and Kristen Chenoweth was wildly misjudged. But even those he wasn't involved with were hit and miss. We know that the show's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were behind "Chicago," but it was a truly ego-driven move to make much of the show an extended tribute to their own brilliance, with a lip-synched number from the film, the cast presenting an award, and a mean joke about how no one remembers what film lost to "Chicago" ten years back. There was even a moment where MacFarlane took time to thank Zadan and Meron, a moment presumably written into the show by... Zadan and Meron. The "Dreamgirls" extract was pretty dull as well. We get the desire to pay tribute to the movie musical, but to do so exclusively from films in the last decade (where was "West Side Story?" Or "Cabaret?" Or 'Singin' In The Rain?") felt short-sighted.
Playing Winners Off While Including Irrelevant Bullshit

Probably the moment that left the sourest taste was when the winners of Best Visual Effects (for “Life of Pi”) were played off with the “Jaws” theme music. It would have felt nasty for anyone, but given that it happened as Bill Westenhofer paid tribute to his colleague at Rhythm & Hues, the recently bankrupted company who did much of the extraordinary work on 'Pi,' and who had employees protesting outside the red carpet, it feld distinctly cold-hearted. It gave the impression of a cover-up at worst, and at best it just seemed to be heartless, particularly as the company also worked on the later "Ted" segment. And it was all the more egregious in the way that the time was instead used for pointless musical numbers, unfunny sketches, and indulgent "tributes," like the 007 one, a missed opportunity that essentially proved to be just a poorly assembled supercut. Even the In Memoriam section seemed truncated this year, in favor of Barbara Streisand's extended tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. For all the "without them, we'd be nothing" spirit of the awards, moments like playing off Westenhofer and co. really betrays the contempt with which the Academy can often treat the below-the-liners.

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58 Comments

  • San | July 15, 2013 9:10 AMReply

    Aaron Tveit appeared as a waiter to you?
    Really, what kind of drugs are you on? He was not only the strongest voice amongst the entire cast on stage, but also the most charming man standing there (and that's not just because of his good looks, but mainly because Enjolras' passion and authority were manifest on his face). It's really disrespectful of you to not acknowledge him with the rest of the names who sang the song. I'm not from America and hence, have never seen any of his Broadway shows. But from his fine acting in Les Mis and Gossip Girls, I can vouch for his popularity in Broadway.

    I'm sorry, but you should put some more thought and research into your posts.

  • cor | March 3, 2013 5:35 AMReply

    Wow, I wish all my waiters looked like Aaron Tveit.

    He completely blew me away at the Oscars. He comes from theater, and he truly embodies every character he performs. He walked out as Enjolras and owned that performance. It was amazing. I'm glad he's getting more recognition because he truly deserves it. I've been checking out some of his other work that I haven't been exposed to yet, like "A Girl Walks Into A Bar," and he impresses me more and more. I'm excited for what else he has to offer.

  • Divya | February 28, 2013 12:11 PMReply

    Aaron Tveit 'a waiter'?? Look, I'm not even his fan, but that is incredibly disrespectful of someone who completely owned the stage in that Les Mis number. The way he strutted on to the stage, he was completely in character, and he was simply incredible to watch. By the way, he's at his very best and in his natural element when he's performing live, and that is what we got to see. I seriously want Oliver Lyttelton to enter into a sing-off with Aaron Tveit (a Broadway stage musical veteran), and let's see who comes out on tops.

    And do you really know why the Les Mis cast killed it on stage? Because they were performing on stage ('Les Miserables' is a musical that has been written for the stage) - AND projecting their voices (critical necessity for any stage performance). And the perfect song had been chosen - 'One Day More'. It is that kind of a song, which does not necessarily work well on film, but it is one of the most epic songs that can be performed on stage. And that is why it worked so beautifully. Even if the cameras were shoved at a distance of 5 inches from their faces on stage, the song would've still worked extremely well. 'Cos it is MEANT to be performed on stage.

  • matthew | February 26, 2013 6:24 PMReply

    F Disney for blocking the Jennifer Lawrence meeting Jack video.

  • Metallicar555 | February 26, 2013 1:10 PMReply

    Aaron Tveit fan warning....I am a fan of Aaron's but am not going to lie when I saw that I wasn't at all offended/upset/shocked/appalled etc by Waitergate as I shall now call it! Aaron's fanbase is theatre based, his career is theatre based and therefore Les Mis is his breakout role. However he then came out without his wig on so he looked nothing like he did in the movie so that when he did come out (albeit singing very well) I can see how people would have had to have double checked who he was. He has done little to no promo for the film and is a lesser known actor - please people lets try not to make all theatre fans look as dramatic as the people we support. I shall now sit and wait for my excommunication from the Aaron Tveit fanbase : )

  • huffy | February 26, 2013 12:30 PMReply

    Looks like people are realizing how mediocre MacFarlane really is. I'm all for nasty comedy but there isn't a single ounce of wit in his work. The guy seems like a nice guy but anyone who tries to past reading celebrityskin.com's menu bar as comedy is shit.

  • Cate | February 26, 2013 11:21 AMReply

    ..... and this is why you do not pointlessly snark on people who have built a solid resume with their stage work prior to catching a big-screen break. They might not be household names outside of the theatre community, but that doesn't make them acceptable targets.

  • Zack | February 26, 2013 12:28 PM

    Someone who's not a household name outside of the theatre community is the dictionary definition of an acceptable target.

  • Diomedes | February 26, 2013 5:56 AMReply

    The heck you talking about, man.
    ''Waiter''? Go shove ''Waiter'' up your heiny. Aaron is amazing!

  • Glass | February 26, 2013 4:51 AMReply

    Jesus Harold Christ, were the last 26-or-so comments from the same person, or did someone send this article to #TeamTveity?

  • Matt | February 26, 2013 7:31 AM

    No I think people just underestimate the vastness of Aaron's fanbase just because they don't know who he his.

  • Gail | February 26, 2013 3:29 AMReply

    Aaron Tveit, relatively-unknown. Aaron Tveit. AARON TVEIT? Are you serious? Like...genuinely serious about this? Did you research on what he has accomplished? C'mon dude.

    No. Just...no.
    (And fyi, Aaron Tveit looked so charming and handsome. Not a waiter. If by waiter you mean "Oh-my-god-isn't-he-just-gorgeous!?", then yes. Yes, he was.)

  • Irene | February 26, 2013 3:07 AMReply

    "Waiter" = One of the most talented and hottest young men ever to grace the face of the Earth.
    So "relatively-unknown"? Seriously? If you think he's unknown, then please, do us all a favour and tell us your answer to this: Have you done your fother mucking research? He's been on and off Broadway shows more than the likes this article would have. Besides, did you see what his entrance has done to the whole fanbase?
    Conclusion: Your "relatively-unknown" comment basically says, "I write shizz without doing my research and I do not know anything about musical theatre or broadway". And it would probably be the cause of the downfall of this article.
    So next time, love? You do your research.

  • JJ | February 26, 2013 3:58 AM

    Irene, just back away from the submit button please. This is post #6, hon.

  • Stoney Lodge | February 26, 2013 2:33 AMReply

    Idiotic article, I suggest you fire the author, Playlist. MacFarlane perfomance was sexist? What? Are you nuts or something?

  • JJ | February 26, 2013 1:26 AMReply

    "even if it looked for a moment that one of the waiters had stormed the stage; that was the relatively-unknown Aaron Tveit"

    How could there even be such a moment when he came out already singing? That should have been your first clue that this was no waiter. Tux =/= waiter.

  • Irene | February 26, 2013 1:20 AMReply

    "Waiter" = One of the most talented and hottest young men ever to grace the face of the Earth.
    So "relatively-unknown"? Seriously? If you think he's unknown, then please, do us all a favour and tell us your answer to this: Have you done your fother mucking research? He's been on and off Broadway shows more than the likes this article would have. Besides, did you see what his entrance has done to the whole fanbase?
    Conclusion: Your "relatively-unknown" comment basically says, "I write shizz without doing my research and I do not know anything about musical theatre or broadway". And it would probably be the cause of the downfall of this article.
    So next time, love? You do your research.

  • Irene | February 26, 2013 1:11 AMReply

    "Waiter" = One of the most talented and hottest young men ever to grace the face of the Earth.
    So "relatively-unknown"? Seriously? If you think he's unknown, then please, do us all a favour and tell us your answer to this: Have you done your fother mucking research? He's been on and off Broadway shows more than the likes this article would have. Besides, did you see what his entrance has done to the whole fanbase?
    Conclusion: Your "relatively-unknown" comment basically says, "I write shizz without doing my research and I do not know anything about musical theatre or broadway". And it would probably be the cause of the downfall of this article.
    So next time, love? You do your research.

  • Irene | February 26, 2013 1:09 AMReply

    "Waiter" = One of the most talented and hottest young men ever to grace the face of the Earth.
    So "relatively-unknown"? Seriously? If you think he's unknown, then please, do us all a favour and tell us your answer to this: Have you done your fother mucking research? He's been on and off Broadway shows more than the likes this article would have. Besides, did you see what his entrance has done to the whole fanbase?
    Conclusion: Your "relatively-unknown" comment basically says, "I write shizz without doing my research and I do not know anything about musical theatre or broadway". And it would probably be the cause of the downfall of this article.
    So next time, love? You do your research.

  • Irene | February 26, 2013 1:09 AMReply

    If you think Aaron Tveit is like a waiter then, please. What would you be?
    And "relatively-unknown"? Seriously? If you think he's unknown, then please, do us all a favour and tell us your answer to this: Have you done your fother mucking research? He's been on and off Broadway shows more than the likes this article would have. Dude, he's got more talent in a finger than most people would probably ever have in their whole body.
    Besides, did you see what his entrance has done to the whole fanbase?
    Conclusion:
    Your "relatively-unknown" comment basically says, "I write shizz without doing my research and I do not know anything about musical theatre or broadway". And it would probably be the cause of the downfall of this article.

    So next time, love? You do your research.

  • Irene | February 26, 2013 1:08 AMReply

    If you think Aaron Tveit is like a waiter then, please. What would you be?
    And "relatively-unknown"? Seriously? If you think he's unknown, then please, do us all a favour and tell us your answer to this: Have you done your fother mucking research? He's been on and off Broadway shows more than the likes this article would have. Dude, he's got more talent in a finger than most people would probably ever have in their whole body.
    Besides, did you see what his entrance has done to the whole fanbase?
    Conclusion:
    Your "relatively-unknown" comment basically says, "I write shizz without doing my research and I do not know anything about musical theatre or broadway". And it would probably be the cause of the downfall of this article.

    So next time, love? You do your research.

  • AN ACTUAL WAITER | February 26, 2013 12:50 AMReply

    "even if it looked for a moment that one of the waiters had stormed the stage; that was the relatively-unknown Aaron Tveit"
    Woah man you might wanna at least stock up on your internet knowledge next time you decide to bash someone. Aaron Tveit's entrance on stage managed to blow a whole friggin' fanbase away, not to mention draw a whole new wave of attention to the movie/story by people who weren't previously acquainted with the it but liked the performance.

  • Sam | February 26, 2013 12:44 AMReply

    "relatively unknown" = i don't know anything about theatre and am making this shit up as i go. Aaron isn't unknown he's performed in several on and off Broadway shows and his cast mates sing literally nothing but praises about him. The guy is talented and humble as hell. Be respectful.

  • Savannah | February 26, 2013 12:38 AMReply

    "highlights of the oscars" more like aaron tveit
    aaron tveit was the highlight okay
    calling a stupendous performer a "waiter" is incredibly disrespectful and uncalled for

  • Carp | February 26, 2013 12:35 AMReply

    "Relatively unknown" -Aaron strutted on stage and owned the place, and was absolutely phenomenal. Just because you've never heard of him doesn't qualify his is relatively unknown and in fact he is a huge star in the theater world and did an absolutely amazing job representing the broadway community in the movie and on stage at the oscars. I'm also not sure if your comment was a a dig at his appearance, but he looked great.

  • Conrad | February 26, 2013 12:33 AMReply

    yo aarons great why would you even say that
    rude
    get out im serious

  • Emily | February 26, 2013 12:28 AMReply

    Oh yes, because it's completely ok to take a stab at an incredibly talented performer if you don't know who he is. Maybe you should educate yourself on something called "theater" before you pass any judgement.

  • Yael | February 26, 2013 12:27 AMReply

    I'm also scratching my head at your comment about Aaron Tveit. I can't tell if it was a slam, since you said you enjoyed the number but then named everyone else but him for giving a great performance and said he looked like a waiter. He and Samantha Barks were hands down the best thing about that number. Maybe he will be more recognizable to you next time.

  • Mia | February 26, 2013 12:18 AMReply

    AARON TVEIT IS AMAZING SHUT YOUR COMPUTER OFF AND WALK OUT THE DOOR AND INTO A THEATRE AND GET YOURSELF CULTURED

  • Matt | February 26, 2013 12:17 AMReply

    Aaron Tveit is "relatively unknown" more like you have horrible taste and have never seen a decent broadway performance

  • amelia | February 26, 2013 12:05 AMReply

    aaron tveit is a fabulous and incredibly talented actor who played a very famous role in one of the most well-known musicals of all time. he deserves more respect than he's being shown. come on, "one of the waiters?" are we doing downton abbey now?

  • Paige | February 26, 2013 12:03 AMReply

    Calling Aaron Tveit "one of the waiters" is so incredibly disrespectful considering he was the strongest singer among the whole cast during the les mis performance. Also, not even listing him with the rest of this cast was low as hell you should be ashamed.

  • mckenna | February 26, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    because someone hasn't been starring in movies for years means that you have to belittle them?

    when did it become okay for someone to all of the sudden put down one of the best performers in the show, based on the fact that he isn't wildly popular in mainstream media?

    base your judgments off of talent, not popularity, if you're going to be writing something for people to form a factual opinion on.

  • kylie | February 26, 2013 12:00 AMReply

    yes lets just refer to everyone we don't know as a "waiter"

  • Meg | February 25, 2013 11:59 PMReply

    "one of the waiters?" are you for real now? aaron tveit is a phenomenal actor on and off broadway who's constantly praised by his co-stars for his talent in basically everything he's been in. he has completely earned his place on the stage with the rest of the les mis cast and just because you hadn't previously heard of him gives you no right to make snide remarks.

  • Elizabeth | February 25, 2013 11:59 PMReply

    Everyone who sang at the Oscars last night were amazing! Adele killed it in Skyfall and the Les Mis number was fantastic; even Aaron Tveit, who is absolutely not "relatively-unknown" in the least bit!

  • Thleeny | February 25, 2013 11:52 PMReply

    Whaaaat? aaron tveit is totally known; he was amazing!

  • beth | February 25, 2013 11:38 PMReply

    that little dig at aaron tveit was the tackiest thing i've ever seen.

    homeboy's been starring in broadway shows for five years. he's more than paid his dues in the theatre community, and landing a role as major as enjolras in les mis is no small achievement.

    i appreciate that you couldn't get your uncultured ass down to the theatre district at any point in the past decade but your breathtaking myopia is no reason to call one of the most talented broadway performers of this generation "one of the waiters"

  • fry | February 25, 2013 7:35 PMReply

    My favorite gag was the sound of music one, that was hilarious.

    And what happened to Emma Stone?

  • Mass | February 25, 2013 7:14 PMReply

    1. Quentin Tarantino has every right to brag about his film, his characters, his casting, and his dialogue.

    2. Quentin Tarantino's speech was one of the best of the night. Not only did he pay an enomorous amount of tribut to his fellow nominees: "This is the year of the screenwriters, you guys are incredible." But he also payed a big amount of respect to his actors, basically saying: My films are only memorable and good because you actors know how to say my dialogue and act my characters.

    If The Playlist had any comprehension past the age of 12, you schmucks would have realized that VERY quickly. I don't even like Tarantino either....


    This website is getting pretty stupid. Anyone know of any good film blogs?

  • - | February 28, 2013 1:07 PM

    "Quentin Tarantino has every right to brag about his film, his characters, his casting, and his dialogue."
    Sure he has a right to. He's still got a huge ego.

  • Zack | February 25, 2013 8:30 PM

    ^So we're all agreed this is Quentin Tarantino, right?

  • Mass | February 25, 2013 7:13 PMReply

    1. Quentin Tarantino has every right to brag about his film, his characters, his casting, and his dialogue.

    2. Quentin Tarantino's speech was one of the best of the night. Not only did he pay an enomorous amount of tribute to his fellow nominees: "This is the year of the screenwriters, you guys are incredible." But he also payed a big amount of respect to his actors, basically saying: My films are only memorable and good because you actors know how to say my dialogue and act my characters.

    If The Playlist had any comprehension past the age of 12, you schmucks would have realized that VERY quickly. I don't even like Tarantino either....


    This website is getting pretty stupid. Anyone know of any good film blogs?

  • Mass | February 25, 2013 7:12 PMReply

    1. Quentin Tarantino has every right to brag about his film, his characters, his casting, and his dialogue.

    2. Quentin Tarantino's speech was one of the best of the night. Not only did he pay an enomorous amount of tribut to his fellow nominees: "This is the year of the screenwriters, you guys are incredible." But he also payed a big amount of respect to his actors, basically saying: My films are only memorable and good because you actors know how to say my dialogue and act my characters.

    If The Playlist had any comprehension past the age of 12, you schmucks would have realized that VERY quickly. I don't even like Tarantino either....


    This website is getting pretty stupid. Anyone know of any good film blogs?

  • Travis | February 25, 2013 7:02 PMReply

    My two biggest annoyances when it comes to critiques are that first: the musical montage was talking about the revival in the past ten years, so thus Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Mis would be the focus as three of the most successful; and second: people who say We Saw Your Boobs was sexist missed the point that he was addressing the perceived sexism of his other works by saying that if he did a number that offensive to women, he should rightfully be hated, while still getting away with doing it. Critiques about how long it was are completely justified

  • weetiger3 | February 25, 2013 6:55 PMReply

    It wasn't the worst Oscar show, it wasn't the best. There were some really good moments and some cringe-worthy bad ones. I started to think the peaks and valleys were on purpose. The show was a 4 hr bi-polar tribute to Silver Linings Playbook.
    Most of my pics echo yours -
    Best: 1. Argo Wins Best Picture - Ben's Speech 2. Adele sings Skyfall 3. Shirley Bassey sings Goldfinger 4. Daniel Day Lewis' speech 5. Charlize Theron/Channing Tatum Dance. 6. The cast of Les Miz sing 7. Catherine Zeta Jones sings 8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Seth MacFarlane dance 9. Barbara Streisand sings The Way We Were 10. Jennifer Lawrence's speech.
    Worst: 1. The Boob Song 2. Sock Puppets 3. The Flying Nun 4 -5. 17 1/2 min show open then shutting down a winner's mic 6. that stupid "loser" song. 7. Ted 8. Capt Kirk's schtick went on waaaaay too long 9. The Avengers reunion 10. Melissa McCarthy - Paul Rudd

  • Eneko Ruiz | February 25, 2013 6:41 PMReply

    If you do the Oscars dedicated to musicals, cast Hugh Jackman as your host. Please and thank you.

  • Wendi | February 25, 2013 6:02 PMReply

    Anne Hathaway's singing blew me away last night. None of last night's acting nominees could sing like her. Seriously, she could rival Adele in the singing department any day . This multi-talented and versatile broad will be around for a long time. Anne can go from Brokeback Mountain to Rachel Getting Married to TDKR to Les Miserables. That takes major talent to do that.

    P.S. Quentin Tarantino is gifted, but he is always full of himself. Watching his speeches, you realize Tarantino is a jerk of the highest order.

  • Zack | February 25, 2013 8:30 PM

    And this is definitely Anne Hathaway.

  • HAHAHAHAHA Oscars | February 25, 2013 5:56 PMReply

    'wasn't as bad as the James Franco/Anne Hathaway-fronted disaster of two years ago, and we'd argue that it marked an improvement on last year's Billy Crystal-hosted throwback affair', the PR machine by the media on behalf of Seth Macfarlane has had me laughing.

    All that hate in particular on Franco for just a TV award show that's generally fixed anyway, and both Crystal and Mcfarlane who were suppose to be the shining light to Franco's evil ways also failed, no matter how well people try and dress it.

    Plus, the overwhelming response on twitter to bring Franco or Franco/Hathaway (well done, for winning an Oscar) back during the Oscar show was outstanding and again made me laugh.

    I love the way each year Franco looks vindicated (man the hate he received for what); some people claimed Franco looked stoned and wasn't all there, but at least he didn't insult the audience with lame jokes on race, sexism, jews, domestic violence etc.

  • penny | February 27, 2013 3:16 PM

    zach, don't hate on anne hathaway. the lady is multi-talented. streisand and adele gave shockingly weak performances. surprisingly, charlize theron has some decent dance talent. meryl streep always has class and grace. paul rudd and melissa mccarthy were atrocious with no chemistry. ben affleck proved he is humorless and egotistical when he badmouthed seth macfarlane. jack nicholson's flirting with jennifer lawrence proved why many of the older male academy members voted for lawrence , because she is a hot chick. no way, should jennifer win the oscar over rita and watts. it was similar to gywneth paltrow winning the oscar over cate blanchett.

  • Leni | February 25, 2013 5:47 PMReply

    I'm a woman, I have boobs, I watched the show with a group of 27-35 year olds, and we all thought the Boobs song was funny and the jokes toward women were just jokes. Any time you make a joke about a man it isn't necessarily coming from a place of deeply hateful feminism. Sometimes a joke is just a joke. He was just trying to make people laugh. Maybe not everything was "appropriate", but Billy Crystal was considered appropriate, and that was boring. So good job Seth, it was a fun night.

  • Glass | February 25, 2013 4:59 PMReply

    When Jennifer Hudson started screaming her ass off into a mic/singing, the TV went on mute. Why are people so easily entranced by that kind of performance? And the Tarantino speech was awesome. Writers and directors are usually boring individuals, so fuck him for having a personality?

  • Mongoosecmr | February 25, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    I agree that not every jok hit and th boob song flopped hard in my books, but Macfarlane was refreshing as a host after the total bores they had in recent years. He can tell a joke, and some of it was at least amusing if you aren't going to get upset over women being "insulted"

  • BEF | February 25, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    About all I agree with you on here is that Jennifer Lawrence was great (even though I don't agree with her win, she's so likeable and honest and humorous in the interview process; truly a star is raised today) ...

    Yes, the boobs song was silly, but there can't really be a penis song can there? All the women in the song were Oscar winners and had nude scenes. As far as my memory serves no penis flasher has won an Oscar, and hardly any have even been nominated. Fassbender? Not oscar nominated. McGregor? Not oscar nominated. What do you want a dated two second song of non winners? Keitel, we saw your peen! Dafoe, we saw it bleed! What the boobs song shows without a penis song is that, duh, Hollywood is sexist.

    Yes, "Les Miserables" came out this year. So what. That was not a worthy follow-up to Jennifer Hudson absolutely killing it. How can you put the best musical performance on the night of too many musical performances in your worst list? Why, just because you didn't like that movie? I didn't either, but damn that was a good performance.

    How is there no mention of drunk Zellweger, swaying back and forth and Gere goading her to try and read the envelope?

    Also, speaking of looking drunk, so appeared Tarantino with hair and tie and speech, but he wasn't condescending to his actors -- he said if I'm remembered for anything it will be my characters, and I have to cast the right people, and I did so thank you (to the cast) ... not eloquent but he certainly didn't slander them.

    By the way, I wasn't a fan of the boobs song, just saying if you think it's hypocritical that there was no penis song, that speaks to Hollywood, not really the bit. (bits! hahhahahahahahaha)

  • jt | February 25, 2013 5:41 PM

    Bef, also, I respect Jennifer Hudson's singing talent, but I cannot stand the way she overkills with her singing.

  • jt | February 25, 2013 5:37 PM

    Jennifer Lawrence was medicore in Silver Linings Playbook, and her role was badly developed. How could she win over Naomi Watts and Riva. That was a big fail in my book. The Les Miserables musical performance was the main highlight of the evening. Brilliant and timeless.

  • Sean | February 25, 2013 3:13 PMReply

    I disagreed with QT's win, but his speech was really good. If anything, the rest of the speeches were lackluster.
    Also Goldfinger was not very good.

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