Notice how she doesn’t take any jabs at specific stars or movies (until about 3 minutes in), rather going for more personal and general jokes about dreams and winning. Ellen is solid, but maybe more importantly for the Academy, safe.
I expressed it briefly last night, but I am in the (seemingly) small minority that doesn’t believe he did a bad job. Going high concept for the opener may have been a mistake, and I don’t think people were fully prepared for his brand of humor (both in the Dolby theater and at-home). This, combined with expectations for what “The Oscars” are supposed to be, basically set him up for failure and a biased opinion no matter how hard he tried to recover. But did I find a lot of his stuff funny? I did. Especially the Sound of Music joke. Tonally, the show was all over the place, representing his own split personality of crude humor and classic Hollywood homage (ht to Sepinwall for that fact), so as an extension of MacFarlane that, was a fault. It takes a lot for me to be offended by comedy so I wasn’t troubled by his so-called offensive, misogynist humor. If you were you have your right to be.
Regardless, I enjoyed how much they packed the show with music. It seems like no matter what people aren’t happy. In years past, it was too much formality so people complain the show isn’t entertaining enough. And then they pack it with music and people complain about the performances. The fact that we never saw the accountants, that the montages highlighting each best picture nominee were condensed and that there were fewer tributes to multiple genres of yore should be noted.
The selective memory thing I addressed earlier with Willa Paskin’s tweet is so on the money. Was MacFarlane as good an award show host as NPH, Tina and Amy or Jimmy Fallon? No. But I’m not sure that’s possible anymore at the Oscars. And if you’re saying he was worse than Anne Hathaway and James Franco, you’re flat out wrong.
filis-mustache-baubles said: I also really enjoyed him! He was able to think on his feet which avoided a lot of the issues of awkward hosting in the past. He was so comfortable up there and it showed.
But they weren’t the only tie in the show’s history:
Both Streisand and Hepburn received 3,030 votes each; it was the first exact tie in a principal Oscar category. When Fredric March (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and Wallace Beery (The Champ) split the award for Best Actor in 1932, Beery had actually received one less vote than March. The rules at the time stated that if any nominated film or artist came within three votes of winning in a principal category, the result would be considered a tie. There have been other Oscar ties over the years, twice in the Best Documentary category (1949 and 1986) and once for Best Live Action Short Film (1986).