The Academy Awards: 85th Oscars (2013)

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Critic Consensus: The multitalented Seth MacFarlane's appointment as Oscars host may have seemed like a surefire bet on paper, 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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In spite of MacFarlane's steady stream of lady-diminishing wisecracks...it was a night dominated by a trio of powerful, glittering, seemingly indomitable women.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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What the jokes were, really, was stupid, boring, and empty: humor that relied less on its own patently sexist, racist, homophobic, etc. content than on admiration for or disgust with the host's willingness to deliver it.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

MacFarlane's hosting performance is every bit as grating as you remember.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Seth MacFarlane had his moments, and seemed to get better the deeper things went into the night, but he wasn't the right guy for this gig.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Every time it threatened to become unhinged with sarcasm, something deeply sincere happened.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a clunkily produced, drearily long show, with some truly horrid scripted patter that stranded some talented actors.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The Oscars have yet to hit upon a tone that is both interesting to modern audiences and can carry the show from year to year. Glamour just doesn't cut it anymore.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Beyond cameos and torture, the ceremony engaged in a political fight involving women, and took the dumber side.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

This wasn't an awards ceremony so much as a black-tie celebration of the straight white male gaze.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

There was nothing notably terrible about the show, and nothing particularly enthralling.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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