Seth MacFarlane: The reviews of his performance and the moments we actually liked
Seth MacFarlane served as Oscar host for the first time for the 2013 ceremony. Reviews were decidedly mixed, but some of the moments from Seth MacFarlane were actually enjoyable.
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2. "Family Guy" viewers knew already that MacFarlane loves movie musicals, especially the 1965 film "The Sound of Music." He demonstrated that when "Music" actor Christopher Plummer, the winner last year for the Best Supporting Actor prize, was announced to present the Best Supporting Actress award. MacFarlane then acted out the climactic scene from "Music," when the von Trapp family is announced multiple times and fail to appear (they'd fled the auditorium to escape from the Nazis). MacFarlane even had someone appear in uniform to shout, "They're gone!" like a Nazi soldier does in the movie. (Plummer, of course, eventually appeared.)Skip to next paragraph
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3. One of MacFarlane's best jokes was also one of his earliest. Moments after appearing onstage, he quipped of the famously taciturn actor, "And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now." He did indeed get laughter from Jones for that one.
4. MacFarlane's routine about acting out the Denzel Washington film "Flight," about an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot who manages to fly a malfunctioning plane to safety, with sock puppets was indeed odd. But the moment where he simply showed the puppets being thrown around in a dryer was pretty funny.
5. One of the most pleasant and surprising moments of the broadcast came early on, when MacFarlane participated in two song-and-dance routines. For the first, he sang Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight" as actors Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron did a beautiful dance routine. "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe and "Looper" actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt then joined MacFarlane for a skilled soft-shoe number as the trio sang "High Hopes," a song which became popular through Sinatra.
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