Watch: Highlights from the 2013 Oscar Show with Seth MacFarlane
by Ethan Anderton
February 24, 2013
Well, the 85th Academy Awards have come and gone, and the awards were all over the place. Argo took home Best Picture, Ang Lee took home Best Director, Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress and Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor. If you missed the show, we have a full list of winners right here, and we've also chosen some of the more memorable highlights from the night. The clips range from Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" style opening monologue which featured William Shatner as Captain Kirk to some fancy musical numbers (the whole show paid tribute to musicals) and some fantastic speeches from the winners.
The show kicked off with a rather peculiar and sometimes awkward monologue that was funny and certainly familiar to those who know MacFarlane's work on "Family Guy." It was basically a sketch with Captain Kirk coming from the future to tell MacFarlane that he was deemed the worst host due to some terrible segments like a song called "We Saw Your Boobs" and a reenactment of Flight using sock puppets. And the best way to redeem them was with song and dance numbers featuring Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe. It was kind of a silly premise, but mostly worked. Watch:
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More funny came with Mark Wahlberg presenting with a perfect animation of Ted (more here):
The entire cast of the Best Picture nominated Les Miserables took the stage to sing "One Day More":
Additionally, James Bond was given a fitting tribute with this cool "50 Years of Bond" montage:
The tribute also included a great performance of the track "Goldfinger" sung by Shirley Bassie:
And musician Adele was on hand to sing Skyfall, which won Best Original Song later in the evening:
But it wouldn't be the Oscars without some heartfelt thank you speeches from the night's winners. There were some very touching moments as many of the winners were genuinely surprised and humbled at their win, some of them were even a little too shocked to give a thought out speech and were just smiling ear to ear. One of the most adorable moments of the night happened when the lovely Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress. Her big dress caused her to trip on the stairs as she went to collect her award, and the misstep just made her all the more adorable and nervous when she accepted the award in front of everyone there:
Anne Hathaway was also emotional and grateful after winning Best Supporting Actress:
Daniel Day-Lewis was also surprisingly funny as he accepted his third award as Best Actor:
Life of Pi director Ang Lee gave a simple, but grateful speech for winning Best Director:
Quentin Tarantino was just himself as usual after winning for Best Original Screenplay:
But the best speech of the night came from Grant Heslov and Ben Affleck winning Best Picture:
And there you have it. If these clips aren't enough, you can check out more right here, or you can head over to Hulu or ABC.com to watch the Academy Awards telecast in its entirety. The show ran right around three and a half hours, but if you have the time and didn't have a DVR, feel free to go crazy. Overall, this show was pretty long winded and the musical tributes seemed to be a little too bland and safe, lacking any real creativity. Musicals are great, but there not as prominent at awards like this as they were decades ago, so it all just felt a little forced. As for MacFarlane, the guy did a good job, but next year I think getting Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who made a splash as Golden Globes hosts, should get a chance to strut their stuff.