By Hayden Roberts, features staff writer
Even though all our favorite actors were glitzed up at the Oscars on Sunday night, the main question on everyone’s mind was whether the host would make an impact like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did at the Golden Globes recently, or flop like Anne Hathaway and James Franco did hosting in 2011.
Seth McFarlane, best known as the creator of Family Guy, was chosen as this year’s host of the Academy Awards. Considering the vulgarity of his shows, many expected his performance to reflect that persona; however ads portrayed his humor without inappropriate jokes. Did the ads resonate with the actual show though?
For the start of the show, MacFarlane followed the goals of past hosts in making fun of specific actors and films, like his goal to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh (which he did). However, MacFarlane made a joke of his vulgar humor by singing a song about boobs and hitting on Sally Fields before the show.
Captain Kirk arrived, reporting from the future, to tell MacFarlane his future of being known as the worst Oscar host ever. Sticking to the theme of music in films, the whole opening turned into song and dance to try and fix his future as Oscar host. The singing was okay but the whole performance lacked sharp technique, portraying a different side of MacFarlane. While it was neat how they referenced old time movies and shows such as “Star Trek” and “The Flying Nun,” the opening was not Oscar-worthy and did not cause an uproar of laughter.
While it was nice to see MacFarlane step out of his comfort zone, he seemed uncomfortable when it came to the dancing. His singing and dancing, sadly, did not compare to Hugh Jackman, who hosted in 2009 and opened the show by singing and dancing.
Throughout the show, MacFarlane made jokes but none were entirely shocking or would cause buzz afterwards, except for one about Chris Brown and Rihanna that was not even remembered by the end of the show.
The ending was cute because of the talented Kristin Chenoweth, but on the whole still awkward and struggled to grab my attention.
On whether MacFarlane’s stint as host was Oscar-worthy, I would have to say not. Good luck next year, Oscars!