Billy Crystal he isn't, but Seth MacFarlane did one heckuva job hosting the 85th Annual Oscars. One heckuva job testing the boundaries of just how far he could go without being run right off the stage inside the Dolby Theatre, that is. The Ted director's jokes ran the gamut from hilarious to risky to downright offensive.
MacFarlane has already stated that this was a one-shot deal; he'd never be hosting the Oscars again. And after jokes about domestic violence (in reference to Rihanna and Chris Brown) and a rather racist comment about actor Don Cheadle, he's probably right.
Here are some of his worst "jokes" of the night:
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We didn't have to see Chris Brown and Rihanna canoodling at this awards show, but we didn't escape them entirely. Speaking of Django Unchained, the Oscars host dropped a jaw-dropping domestic violence joke:
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.
Uncomfortable yet? He wasn't done milking Django to shock:
A lot of controversy over the multiple uses of the n-word in [Django Unchained]. I am told the screenplay is loosely based on Mel Gibson's voicemails.
And then there was the not-so-veiled reference to eating disorders:
For all those women who had the 'flu.' it paid off. Lookin' good.
Or how about the way he described Jessica Chastain's character in Zero Dark Thirty as proof of:
A woman’s innate ability to never let anything go.
Who wasn't amazed by 9-year-old Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis? MacFarlane took the chance to get a little dig in at George Clooney in the middle of all that awe:
To give you an idea of how young she is, it'll be 16 years until she's too old for Clooney.
The jokes about Best Picture nominee Lincoln weren't easy to swallow either. Referring to Best Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis, MacFarlane had two particularly shocking comments:
I always thought the actor who got most inside Lincoln's head was John Wilkes Booth.
Daniel Day-Lewis, your process fascinates me. You were totally 100 percent in character as Lincoln during the movie ... If you bumped into Don Cheadle on the studio lot, did you try to free him? How deep did your method go?
And then there was MacFarlane's comment on director Ben Affleck's beard:
The first time I saw [Affleck] with all that dark facial hair, I thought, "My God, the Kardashians have made the jump to film."
Did these comments bother you? Which one was the worst?
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