SACRAMENTO — Credits rolled last Sunday and it’s a wrap for the 85th Annual Oscar Awards. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane proved once again to be a real, funny guy, as a first-time and he claims last-time host of the traditionally haughty academy affair.
The opening montage set the tone with a well-mixed blend of humiliating humor. A pre-taped production number “We Saw Your Boobs,” performed by our host was first up on the list of err entertainment. Does that give you a clue to where this is going?
It did seem as though it was all in good fun with the actresses at the butt of the joke, or rather the breast of it clearly playing along for the camera. Even best supporting actress for Lincoln, Sally Field got in on the fun and had a salacious encounter with Seth in another pre-recorded video vignette.
This year watching the opening of the Oscars was like watching several little mini movies. Another such example was the sock puppet reenactment of the film Flight, in which Denzel Washington was nominated for actor in a leading role.
The Flight movie skit pushed the lines of prejudice by its use of a black-hand sock puppet, as mentioned in the skit. It could also be argued that the drug and alcohol use portrayed by normally kid-friendly puppets was also a bit provocative for prime-time viewing.
But it made for good TV. MacFarlane’s performance seemed to help move the otherwise somewhat sleepy show along quite seamlessly. That combined with flawless red carpet fashions along with The Academy’s thoughtful film and actor/actress nominations made for an interesting enchanting evening of entertainment.