When it comes to the 85th annual Academy Awards, we expect a spectacle to remember. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the host of the party. The awards have a history of well-known faces at their helm, such as Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Ellen DeGeneres, to name a few. So when actor Seth MacFarlane was named as the face of this year's show, people wondered if he would be able to do the role justice.
The awards show had all the sensational moments one would expect of such an affair, but every event like this needs some scandalous moments. MacFarlane was happy to oblige, launching into a song in his opening monologue about the physical assets of actresses like Angelina Jolie and Naomi Watts -- and given their reactions, that may not have been the choice way to open the evening (although the word is the actresses were in on the joke). His jokes were certainly memorable, but perhaps not for the right reasons -- the actor was accused of being racy, tacky, sexist, and just about every other negative thing one can think of.
We've rounded up some of the best thoughts on MacFarlane's performance, and we'd love to hear your take as well.
Dana Stevens, Slate.com
"I'll limit my discussion of "We Saw Your Boobs" to noting how, um, nakedly it put into relief a recurring theme in last night's ceremony: A defensive anxiety about the ascendant power of women (emblematized, later on, by the pairing of the statueque Theron with the wee Dustin Hoffman as awards presenters.)"
Robert Bianco, USA Today
"Awash in self-indulgence, neither he nor his 3-hour-and-35-minute show ever seemed to hit a comfortable, confident stride, which is a shame, because the broadcast had a lot of entertainment to offer."
Tim Molloy, The Wrap
"He delivered the Oscars producers pretty much exactly what they signed up for, because it felt an awfully lot like a "Family Guy" episode -- a few jokes, some "zany" pop culture references, some music, and a gay-panic joke."
Kate Bennert, Gawker
"At this point there's no question that Seth MacFarlane was a terrible Oscar host ... And to add to the atrocity, the whole act was punctuated by MacFarlane's absurd preoccupation with whether or not he was a good host, which — as mentioned — he clearly was not. So perhaps he was right in asking "what did you expect?"
Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic
"Humor, after all, can be an incredible weapon for social progress, but it can also be regressive: The more we pass off old stereotypes, rooted in hate, as normal — as MacFarlane did again and again last night — the longer those stereotypes, and their ability to harm people, will be in place."
Frazier Moore, Huffington Post
"Yes, MacFarlane had his moments of dubious taste. What did anybody expect who'd ever spent a moment with "Family Guy"?