The 2013 Oscars: Best and Worst Moments (Photos)
At the 85th Annual Academy Awards, viewers were treated to a gamut of schtick and hoofing packaged as entertainment, as the stars packed the newly-renamed Dolby Theatre for an evening of self-congratulation and production value commandeered by first-time host Seth MacFarlane.
We got to hear a sex-obsessed animated bear make "Jews in Hollywood" jokes ahead of a nod to the great "Sound of Music," via the moment we realize the Von Trapps have escaped the Nazis. MacFarlane sang and danced (as did a number of very famous faces) but Catherine Zeta-Jones opted to lip sync. Badly. The normally terrific Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd were given a bad bit, and when people went on too long, they were played off by the music from "Jaws." Ouch.
There was a song about boobs, a William Shatner cameo, 76-year-old Shirley Bassey rocking a live performance of "Goldfinger," Jennifer Hudson belting out a song from "Dreamgirls," and much-ado about the 10-year-old movie "Chicago." Speaking of young things, MacFarlane ribbed all actors for being up for awards alongside a nine-year-old, meaning Quvenzhané Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild." One helluva cool surprise appearance for "Best Picture" was First Lady Michelle Obama...a pretty neat way to head into the show's final moments.
Oh, and they handed out some awards, too.
It was a long night. Here's a look back at some of the best and worst moments.