I Love Seth MacFarlane, And Other Noteworthy Parts Of The Academy Awards
In case you missed it, last night Seth MacFarlane hosted the 85th Annual Academy Awards. I love him, and I’ll tell you why.
He is an extremely talented and incredibly smart man. It is also my personal belief that he has his finger on the pulse of anything that has meaning – both good and bad – in today’s society. Sure, he may say some things that are politically incorrect or “on the edge”, but he certainly isn’t afraid to take risks. If nothing else, he gets people talking, and I applaud him for that.
Did I love him last night? He was OK. I liked him better on Saturday Night Live. But isn’t that the nature of the Academy Awards, to moderately entertain us while giving out awards, this mixed with the odd and unexpected moment of real human interest? If that is the case, then last night did not disappoint. Here are a few of my favourite parts:
Kristin Chenoweth standing next to Queen Latifah during the pre-show. Holy crap, I didn’t know that people came in such different sizes. Can you say David and Goliath?
The hilarious sock-puppet version of the movie Flight in the opening act. Seth did this part of the show along with everyone’s favourite Canadian actor William Shatner playing Captain James T. Kirk who had supposedly come back from the past to tell Seth not to blow it. (However blasé the rest of the evening was, for me, this “sock-puppet” thing made up for it.)
The camera panning the audience and landing on nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis from the movie Beasts Of The Southern Wild showing her “guns”. Awesome!
Ang Lee doing his “two-finger whistle thingy” as he cheered for someone from Life Of Pi winning something. Like who would’ve thought that Ang could do something like that?
The Jaws theme ruthlessly cutting off people’s acceptance speeches.
The James Bond tribute – yeah, Jennifer Hudson’s singing was good, but Halle Berry saying the words “Pussy Galore” was even better.
Shawn Christensen’s incredibly intense “T-minus 2 [minutes and counting]” acceptance speech for the award for “Best Live Action Short Film”. He thanked his twelve-year-old co-star Fatima Ptacek, his “dearest Nina” (whoever that is), and his “beautiful mother” in wolf-like fashion. It was awkward and scary.
Also, I didn’t know that Jamie Foxx had a tattoo on the back of his head, but I guess I do now.
Ted – the bear, from the movie of the same name – asking Mark Wahlberg where the big “post Oscar’s Hollywood orgy” was going to be held, and Mark finally coming clean and saying that it would be taking place at Jack Nicholson’s house LOL. That makes total sense.
I always love listening to Adele talk – seriously. Giving her acceptance speech for the song “Skyfall”, she teared up and said, “This is amazing…oh god…and my man, I love you, baby.” She really is the best.
Quentin Tarantino’a acceptance speech for “Best Original Screenplay” for Django Unchained that he ended with a “peace out”. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should.
Ang Lee thanking the “movie god” for his award for “Best Director” for Life Of Pi. He also thanked his agent and his lawyer. He said, “I have to do that.” Only in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lawrence falling up the stairs on her way to get the “Best Actress Award” for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. I wonder if Meryl Streep was backstage thinking, “Karma is a bitch, ain’t it, Jen?”
And then Meryl walking out to present the “Best Actor Award” and stepping on her dress, which was probably karma getting her back for thinking what she did about Jennifer Lawrence one minute earlier. I think the message here: karma just never stops.
Daniel Day Lewis getting the “Best Actor Award” for the 3rd time for his role as Lincoln, which is a world record, or a record anyway. The guy deserves it. He is the man. And no doubt, he rocks his haircut.
Ben Affleck’s acceptance speech for “Best Picture” for his movie Argo. He admitted in some roundabout way that after ten years together with Jennifer Garner, he realizes that marriage is fucking hard work. OK, he didn’t say “fucking” or even “hard”, but at least he gets that it’s work. I couldn’t agree with you more, Ben. I couldn’t agree with you more [tired sigh]…
And then the night was over. I turned off the television just as Seth started dancing again, this time with Kristin “the doll” Chenoweth. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, but I could also probably fit her into one side of my bra.
Important note about the Seth MacFarlane pic above: in case you haven’t heard, during the Oscar’s, The Onion tweeted,“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c–t, right? #Oscars2013.” This has stirred up a hornet’s nest all over the place, as you might well imagine. And just for the record, I am not saying that I think what they said is OK. I do think however that people who tend to push boundaries sometimes push a little too far. You scale a two-hundred foot cliff without any harnesses, you might fall and break your neck. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try though.