Jennifer Lawrence, Adele and Anne Hathaway won Oscars, and Seth MacFarlane made jokes about girls. Lots of them.
It was the 85th Annual Academy Awards, where Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for “Lincoln,” “Argo” won Best Picture, “Life of Pi” nabbed several awards and music took center-stage with tributes to movie musicals. Adele made her first major appearance since the 2012 Grammys, and Barbara Streisand put on her first Oscar performance since 11 years before 24-year-old Adele was born. All of these were packaged alongside lowbrow laugh-riot numbers from the show’s host, setting Twitter abuzz with “We Saw Your Boobs.”
The Oscar ceremony is typically rendered with reverence and (some would say) a degree of stuffiness. So the mere selection of MacFarlane to host the awards show sent a clear signal that this year’s affair would have unprecedented levels of raunchiness and non-sequitur comedy bits. But who could have predicted that the same telecast that awarded statues to heady films like “Life of Pi” and historical potboilers like “Argo” and “Lincoln” would also feature MacFarlane dressed as “The Flying Nun” and a song about celebrity boobs in film?
MTV News caught it all. Here are a few of our favorite moments:
The Monologue: Beam Me Up, James Franco?
Hands-down, the biggest moment of the monologue was “We Saw Your Boobs,” in which the man behind “Family Guy” and “Ted” gave an Internet-underbelly worthy musical rundown of every time many of the women in the audience had flashed some flesh onscreen. Film critic Richard Roeper tweeted, “I want ‘We Saw Your Boobs’ on my iPod, now,” though others decried its sexism. By the time Seth crooned that the Academy Awards is “a telecast designed to put your patience to the test,” the self-aware mockery was in overdrive.
William Shatner, as “Star Trek” Captain James T. Kirk, eventually came on and advised MacFarlane to sing something less mocking and more celebratory.
In the end, Twitter seemed evenly divided: Seth was so bad, he made James Franco’s performance look good, some said. But those rallying to MacFarlane’s side were relieved, pleased and surprised to see him doing something fresh and interesting.
KStew on a Crutch
We’re not sure why Kristen Stewart was on crutches on the red carpet, sporting visible bruises on her arm and a noticeable hoarseness to her voice. (Our own Josh Horowitz asked her about it, all she had to say was, “I’m an idiot!”) But she bravely hobbled onstage without them to present an award alongside Daniel Radcliffe. KStew, she’s a trouper!
Jennifer Lawrence Nearly Joins KStew on Crutches
Stewart and Lawrence have both starred in mega-franchises and they nearly had something else in common on Sunday. “The Hunger Games” star almost ended up on crutches, too, falling as she accepted the Best Actress award for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” JLaw was, of course, otherwise graceful, although our own Horowitz tweeted that he’d be teasing her about it ASAP.
The Avengers Assemble
Nerds have ruled for a while now, so that’s an old story. But seeing “The Avengers” assembled at something as prestigious as the Oscars was still a goose-bumps-inducing moment for True Believers everywhere, even if they weren’t there to accept statues. “Marvel’s The Avengers” is now the third highest-grossing film of all-time, and anticipation is at a fever pitch to see what the comic book house-turned-studio is going to do with their “phase 2″ movie slate. That, of course, includes a slew of sequels like “The Avengers 2.”
While there weren’t any secrets, spoilers or superpowers unveiled on stage, we got Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man”), Chris Evans (“Captain America”), Samuel L. Jackson (“Nick Fury”), Jeremy Renner (“Hawkeye”) and Mark Ruffalo (“Hulk”) side-by-side to present the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. And even though we missed Scarlett Johansson (“Black Widow”) or Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”), this group proved to be badass enough.
The Bond Tribute
Maybe it was just hearing onetime Bond girl (and “We Saw Your Boobs” victim) Halle Berry say “Pussy Galore” out loud in the Dolby Theatre, but the tribute to 50 years of 007 movies was pretty cool for film fans, particularly when Shirley Bassey sang “Goldfinger.” The 76-year-old powerhouse rightly received a standing ovation. And whether Sean Connery is the only Bond for you, or Daniel Craig is more your speed, the look back at the gadgets, action and babes was spectacular.
Adele Was Awesome! (But the Sound Mix Won’t Win Any Awards)
In her first live performance since last year’s Grammys, Adele busted into “Skyfall.” Cementing the victory lap taken by the biggest James Bond movie ever, in the night’s biggest musical moment, one of the biggest-selling artists of our time reminded everybody why she rightly gets props from musicians of all stripes and fans around the globe. “Skyfall” had just won in a tie for Best Sound Editing but unfortunately whoever was working the boards was badly off their game. The orchestra was much too loud and Adele’s mic seemed to drop out during some of the high notes.
Then again, she probably was just melting the mic with her awesomeness. And all of those Grammys she’s collected will have some new company: the Brit took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, a first for the Bond series! Her night continued to be awesome from there, as she later tweeted that she had “just met Daniel f—ing Day Lewis!”
First Lady Erases All Memories of “Gigli”
None other than Michelle Obama joined the Oscars telecast via satellite to give out the evening’s biggest prize, which went to the Ben Affleck-directed “Argo.” The actor-turned-auteur has come a long way since he shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” with buddy Matt Damon, and even further still since the career slump of the “Bennifer” days when he dated and made movies with Jennifer Lopez. All three of Affleck’s directorial outings have earned acclaim and, Sunday night, “Argo” (about the Iran hostage crisis of the 1970s) took home Best Picture. Affleck, who’s also a producer on the film, gave one of the best speeches of the ceremony. Maybe it wasn’t as great as Chuckie Sullivan to Will Hunting but pretty great. Bravo, Ben, bravo.
Tarantino Shouts Down the Orchestra
Quentin Tarantino wasn’t going to get played — at least not off the stage! The motor-mouthed director shouted down the orchestra’s attempt to bring his acceptance speech to a close. While accepting the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchained,” QT gave a shout-out to writers in the Adapted category and screenwriters in general, dubbing 2013 the “writer’s year.”
Tarantino previously won the same award for “Pulp Fiction,” back in 1994, when that film was also nominated for Best Picture (it lost to “Forrest Gump”). When he was good and ready, orchestra be damned, Tarantino left the audience with, “Peace Out!” But sadly, no mic drop.
Quvenzhane Wallis’ Fist-Pump
Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress, but the 9-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star’s fist-pump won our hearts.