Seth MacFarlane comes to ‘The Simpsons’ in May 19th Finale | EW
artisticawesomeness asked: thoughts on MacFarlane as host?
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.
This is also very true! I completely agree.
‘SNL’ Promo: Seth MacFarlane | NBC
The creator of “Family Guy” and “Ted” presents some movie ideas the studio passed on, just because they were terrible.
Not to gush any more but listen to MacFarlane’s big band album (on Spotify). It’s shockingly good.
First Listen: Seth MacFarlane - “Nine O’Clock” from his new album Music Is Better Than Words (Download for free on iTunes)
Thank god for Family Guy, if for nothing else than it giving MacFarlane the success and opportunity to record a big band album. Try and deny his natural ability in the genre. Music Is Better Than Words comes out tomorrow.