There have been plenty of awkward, embarrassing moments at past Oscars, like Rob Lowe manically dancing and mugging alongside Snow White in the late '80s. But for the sheer volume of wince-inducing shtick, this year’s telecast will be hard to top.
For the most part, an exceptionally classy group of films were badly served by an exceptionally tacky "showcase." Here’s a rundown of the five most forgettable incidents.
1) Rookie host Seth MacFarlane’s opening, uh, comic monologue. Singling out the low point of McFarlane’s interminable routine is a challenge. Was it the bizarre fixation on jokes about black people and women, which became a sort of leitmotif of the evening? Or the baffling presence of William Shatner, 81, reprising Capt. James T. Kirk, a 1960s TV character, in a telecast that’s desperately trying to attract viewers who aren’t card-carrying AARP members?
Perhaps the producers had a word or two backstage with MacFarlane and his gag writers, because as the telecast ground forward, he kept his patter shorter and moderately wittier. But next time, leave the frat-boy humor to professionals, like, you know, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.