Every year, the Academy Awards pulls in millions of TV viewers from more than 200 countries across the globe. On Feb. 24, ABC pulled out its biggest guns to guarantee good ratings. From William Shatner’s surprise appearance during the opening to Seth MacFarlane’s closing segment (and everything in between), the 2013 Oscars had virtually something for everyone.
So, how did Seth MacFarlane fare during his first hosting shot at the Oscars? He soared at times, but sank during a few tense moments. He scored when he stated on Sunday, “You guys have made such beautiful and inspiring movies. Your movies are here to receive awards. My movie is in Redboxes in grocery stores and being urinated on by bums.” He sunk when he joked about the actors who have portrayed Abraham Lincoln in the past and panned, “The actor who really got inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth.” His comment was met with audible gasps and boos from the audience.
Speaking of the live audience, it was packed with Hollywood heavyweights that rose for a standing ovation on six different occasions. Dame Shirley Bassey, Jennifer Hudson, the cast of Les Miserables, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis and Ben Affleck all received standing Os, but shockingly, the audience didn’t rise for Adele after her live performance of “Skyfall.”
The big 2013 Academy Award winners by picture were…
- “Life of Pi” – 4 total Oscars: Best Cinematography, Visual Effects, Original Score and Director
- “Argo” – 3 total Oscars: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing
- “Les Miserables” – 3 total Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Sound Mixing and Makeup & Hairstyling
- “Django Unchained” – 2 total Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Original Screenplay
- "Lincoln": Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Production Design
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