Here's Our Critique Of The Oscars' Best And Worst Moments
CB! counts down the best and worst moments of the 85th annual Academy Awards.
The 85th Academy Awards had plenty of highlights that delighted an audience of over one billion viewers worldwide, but it wasn't short on missteps either.
Between Hollywood A-listers ballroom dancing and a rare performance by the sensational Barbara Streisand, Oscar definitely did not disappoint.
This year's host Seth MacFarlane wasn't short of insulting quips and jabs at celebrities like Mel Gibson, Chris Brown and Rihanna, the latter of whom he likened to Django Unchained, saying: "This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who's been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie."
Whether he was pushing buttons or just trying to push the envelope, he hit flat notes throughout the three-and-a-half hour award ceremony.
Here our picks for the best and worst moments:
Best #1: Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron ballroom dance during the opening monologue. The actors channeled Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers during MacFarlane's rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight"… and boy did they look good together.
Worst #1: MacFarlane joked that 9-year-old nominee Quvenzhané Wallis was almost the right age for George Clooney saying, "To give you an idea of how young she is, it'll be 16 years until she's too old for Clooney."
Best #2: Jennifer Hudson takes our breath away. J-Hud sang her heart out to "And I'm Telling You" and earned a standing ovation for her powerful musical tribute.
Worst #2: MacFarlane flopped again when he sang and danced to a skit called "We Saw Your Boobs," mocking actresses for flaunting their assets during their film careers. True, definitely - tasteful and entertaining, definitely not.
Best #3: Streisand makes a rare appearance. The 70-year-old sang her hit "The Way We Were" during the In Memoriam segment and brought tears to the eyes of many of Tinseltown's finest.
Worst #3: No one is a fan of long-winded acceptance speeches, but when Bill Westenhofer won for the special effects of Life of Pi, the theme song of Jaws played to force him offstage. The music progressively louder, so much so that even Nicole Kidman made a displeased face.
Best #4: In a word: Adele. The singer came out to perform the hit Bond theme song "Skyfall" and brought her A-game to the award show.
Worst #4: While we loved watching J-Hud belt her heart out, the rest of the musical-themed skit was a bit of a snoozefest – especially the ten-year-old Chicago number.
Best #5: Ted goes to the Oscars! Our favorite cynical furry friend made a special appearance and graced the stage in a perfectly-tailored tux with buddy Mark Wahlberg. The bear wasn't actually standing next to the actor, but superimposed with a little TV magic.
Worst #5: Simply put, the show was way too long. With a running time of over three hours, the ceremony could've been condensed into way shorter a show.
Best #6: FLOTUS made a special appearance!
Michelle Obama presented the award for Best Picture direct from the White House. Details about how the First Lady's cameo were released after the ceremony, with her office confirming the Academy approached Obama about being a part of the ceremony.
"As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all – especially our young people – with their passion, skill and imagination,” a statement said.
Best #7: An award show tie. For the sixth time in Oscar history, two winners took home the Academy Award in an unprecedented tie victory. Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall both won for Best Sound Editing at this year's ceremony.
Best #8: The underdog won in the end! Argo took home the final award of the evening for Best Picture and an emotional Ben Affleck thanked his wife Jennifer Garner during his speech, saying: "I don't normally associate my wife with Iran" and added, "what I learned was it doesn't matter if you get knocked down in life, what matters is that you've got to get back up."
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