Talk back: How were the Oscars?
05:00 AM, Feb 25, 2013
Whew, it’s finally over.
This year’s incredibly long awards season ended last night with another incredibly long Oscars telecast. While the show had its high points, the Academy continues to make the same mistakes: namely, including too many montages (leaving little time for speeches); and picking the wrong host.
Seth MacFarlane wasn’t the worst Oscar host in history, but his performance wasn’t nearly as fresh and funny as his Oscar nominations announcement (with Emma Stone) or his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
The low points? MacFarlane opened the show with a drawn-out monologue that included a song about boobs. He went on to make several more jokes at the expense of women and minorities that included punchlines about eating disorders and Salma Hayek’s accent. And proving assassination is never funny, the crowd booed this MacFarlane quip: “I would argue that the actor who got most inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth.”
Now, I’m not that old school, but the Oscars used to be a relatively classy affair. Lowbrow may get big ratings these days, but really, who on earth decided the closing number about “losers” was a great idea especially when it was destined to follow a heartfelt acceptance speech for best picture?
But let’s get to the high points, because there were several: I was thrilled to see Searching for Sugar Man win the documentary award. I loved that Michelle Obama gave the Oscar to Ben Affleck, who delivered the best speech of the night. Quvenzhane Wallis’ fist-pumping was too adorable, Jennifer Hudson brought the house down, Barbra’s manicure was fabulous and Jack Nicholson makes everything better.
I’m eager to hear your thoughts about the winners, the host and the telecast overall, which you can watch again on Hulu. Leave your comments, and I’ll chime in as well. Go here for USA TODAY’s complete Oscars coverage.