The Academy Awards: 85th Oscars (2013)

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The multitalented Seth MacFarlane's appointment as Oscars host may have seemed like a surefire bet, but the edgy funnyman makes for a disappointing master of ceremonies during an 85th Oscars that is mired in distasteful jokes and misogynistic gags.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2013

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[A] fascinating fiasco.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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As a knee-jerk MacFarlane skeptic who predicted that the producers and the host would crash and burn, I found myself eating those words like so much popcorn. This was the best Oscar broadcast I can remember.

Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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MacFarlane sang, he danced, he entertained. Above all, he didn't bore.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The creator of TV's "Family Guy" and writer-director of the movie "Ted" turned in a solid performance in an opening that hit as often as it missed.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Could the raunchmeister behind "Family Guy" and "Ted" shine in his most high-profile gig of his career? Or would he provide fuel to the skeptics who warned that this was a really bad idea? The verdict: A little of both.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

MacFarlane was not, as Shatner initially foresaw, the media's "worst Oscar host ever," but he was thin and quite forgettable.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The Academy of Motion Picture Sciences tried Family Guy humor for a while, and turned their annual self-congratulatory pat on the back into a 50/50 farce of unfunny jokes and occasional jaw-dropping decisions.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The Academy Awards is decadent and depraved, an overwrought spectacle whose confused, junk-food emptiness is exceeded only by the Super Bowl. It will apparently always be thus, whether Seth MacFarlane is there or not.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

There may be a giant maw of a generation gap in reactions to Oscar host Seth MacFarlane. But love him or loathe him, viewers should be able to agree: That opening went on too long.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

MacFarlane had some funny moments here and there, but he missed way more than he hit, and Frat Boy Seth quickly assumed dominance as the evening went along.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

MacFarlane had to explain to us that he would be offensive -- because people weren't able to tell? -- before he could actually be offensive. This wasn't not so much offensive as irritating and self-aggrandizing.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The event, honoring the best in cinema for 2012, was a disaster, with host Seth MacFarlane doing an incredibly awkward Rat Pack-meets-Crank Yankers routine.

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