This past Sunday, the biggest event of the year for movies buffs finally came around – the Oscars. The show was hyped up beforehand, considering that Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy and Ted fame) was hosting the show.
When I first heard the news that MacFarlane was going to be the host of the Oscars, I figured that he would bring laughs to the audience without his usual “crossing of the line.” Unfortunately, I was hugely mistaken.
MacFarlane started well, opening with a lot of song and dance – which was a little too much for my liking, but yet bearable. After that, it all went downhill as MacFarlane sang a melody titled, “I Saw Your Boobs,” in which he sang about seeing the boobs of various Hollywood female stars present. The audience gave him the reaction he deserved by not laughing at his singing act. In fact, I think the best audience reaction came from Charlize Theron when she gave MacFarlane a look that exhibited a mixture of annoyed, disgusted and angry emotions.
MacFarlane continued with his offensiveness as he introduced best picture nominee, “Django Unchained.” In this, MacFarlane said of the film, ”This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who’s been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.” Dude, date violence is not an okay subject for a joke.
Just when we thought that MacFarlane’s jokes had gone too far, the audience literally began to boo him after he said, “I always thought the actor who got most inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth.” My thought: Good! Someone finally proved to him how bad his jokes were.
I honestly hope that the Academy does not ever ask Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars again. Jokes about boobs, date violence and assassinations are not appropriate jokes, especially at the Oscars.
While MacFarlane’s hosting was a major fail, the actual awards of the night were not. The big award of the night for best picture went to Ben Affleck’s “Argo.” The Academy got this one right, as this was my personal pick to win best picture.
Christoph Waltz provided the night’s first upset as he received the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in “Django Unchained.” I have to admit that I have not seen “Django Unchained,” and can’t make any comments about Waltz’s win. However, I was almost certain that this award was going to go to Alan Arkin for “Argo” or to Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln.”
Another upset came when “Brave” won the Oscar for best animated feature. I realize that nearly every person predicting the Oscar outcome picked “Brave” to win. However, “Wreck-It Ralph” should have won. When I walked into see “Wreck-It Ralph,” I knew it would be good, but not great. After leaving the theatre, it became one of my favorite movies of 2012. For it to be deprived of an Oscar was disheartening. “Brave” just felt like a decent, newer version of “How to Train Your Dragon” or “Tangled.”
The rest of the acting nominees were predictable as Daniel Day Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway all won for their roles in “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Les Miserablés” respectively.
In all, the Academy picked its winners well this year – save for a few picks – and as a movie buff, I can not wait until next year’s Oscar ceremony. But I sure hope that the Academy picks someone other than Seth MacFarlane to host.