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85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 2013; review

February 27th 2013 09:02
HUMOUROUS HOST: Seth MacFarlane uses humour, acting, singing and dancing as part of his hosting duties for the Academy Awards ceremony on Oscars night at the 85th annual Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 24 February 2013. Image: Chris Pizello, AP.

Seth’s Success by Linh

The 85th annual Academy Awards rated well for the ABC network on Sunday 24 February 2013, and is possibly one of the toughest hosting gigs on primetime television. This year’s host, director/writer/actor/producer Seth MacFarlane sang, danced and joked his way through the telecast with aplomb. After the awards ceremony ended, MacFarlane declared he will never host the Oscars again, but I think his appeal with younger viewers and fans of the animated television series Family Guy helped to boost ratings for the Oscars broadcast. The broadcast’s theme of musical films tribute attracted viewers of all ages as recognisable and popular actors and singers took to the stage to ‘razzle and dazzle’ in song and dance segments.

BALLROOM BLITZ: Actors Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum take over the stage with a ballroom dancing routine at the 85th annual Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 24 February 2013. Image: Kevin Winter, Getty Images.


MacFarlane was careful with jokes that highlighted the irony and hypocrisy of the Hollywood film industry but kept it inoffensive to appease the television network and the big-wigs at AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Even his jokes about the Jewish influence on Hollywood, delivered by his computer-generated character Ted from the film of the same name, was meant to be endearing to Jews but co-presenter Mark Wahlberg reacted awkwardly as some people would. It was all part of a “performance” for the duo though.

JUBILANT JAZZ: Actor Catherine Zeta Jones (centre) sings the song 'All That Jazz' from the musical film Chicago at the 85th annual Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 24 February 2013. Image: Mark Davis, WireImage.


Despite a timed acceptance speech arrangement where the orchestra would begin playing the music theme to the film Jaws to hurry up the winners, the Oscars broadcast still ran overtime – totalling three and a half hours. On a few occasions, the orchestra did not even play during acceptance speeches - such as those for Anne Hathaway, Ang Lee and Ben Affleck.

TOP TRIO: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe turn on the charm for a song and dance routine at the 85th annual Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 24 February 2013. Image: Kevin Winter, Getty Images.


The highlights of the broadcast ceremony included the opening segment where William Shatner gives MacFarlane a glimpse into the future at the reaction and reviews of his hosting job; the song sung by Seth MacFarlane called 'We Saw Your Boobs'; the ballroom dancing featuring Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum; Dame Shirley Bassey singing the theme song from the James Bond film Goldfinger, Barbra Streisand singing 'Memories' from the film The Way We Were and Adele singing her nominated song 'Skyfall' (which later won Best Original Song); the entire cast from the film Les Miserables singing the ensemble number 'One Day More'; First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama announcing the Best Picture winner Argo from the White House; Kristin Chenoweth and MacFarlane’s duet to the non-winners of an Academy Award called 'Here’s To the Losers', as the end credits rolled.

ENTERTAINING ENSEMBLE: The entire cast from the musical film Les Miserables sing the ensemble song 'One Day More' and receives a standing ovation at the 85th annual Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 24 February 2013. Image: Kevin Winter, Getty Images.


The host of next year’s Academy Awards will need to do more in order to top MacFarlane’s efforts this year. Kudos goes to MacFarlane and the production team behind this year’s Oscars broadcast ceremony, in creating an exciting, funny and entertaining spectacle.

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