The 2013 Oscars Were Great — Thanks to Seth MacFarlane!

Despite being an avid movie-goer, I usually don’t find myself caring about the Oscars very much. This year was certainly an exception.

Many people without a sense of humour, or those that are overly sensitive, claimed that Seth MacFarlane bombed. Everyone else loved it! Besides does that look like a face that cares? (see main image).

There are a number of reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed the Oscars this year:

1. Seth MacFarlane hosted

Seth MacFarlane was an amazing host for so many reasons. First and foremost, he was hilarious! He had jokes for everyone. Some zingers that crossed a line or two, some funny sketches and the usual poking and prodding at the stars in the audience. What was a surprise to many, I’m sure, is how talented Seth is. He writes brilliant comedy including several TV shows and a movie and sings as good as Frank Sinatra.

Fun fact: Seth MacFarlane vocally trained with Lee and Sally Sweetland — the coaches behind Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand.

Fun fact #2: Seth narrowly missed getting on one of the planes that ended up crashing into one of the twin towers.

I obviously adore the man but in trying to be objective, I think he was the overall best-suited for the job — perhaps ever. His comfort with comedy is no laughing matter and his vocal skills made for some great musical numbers. Combined, they killed (in a good way).

2. The nominees were amazing and the winners deserving

The Oscars can certainly be hit or miss. I can recall several years where I was thoroughly frustrated by both the movies nominated and the winners in each category. However, this year was not the case. The fact that I watch upwards of 52 movies a year means that I have seen almost all of the winning movies and found most of the winners to be deserving.

I thought Argo most deserved Best Picture and had entered the movie on my ballot but then changed my mind as the show went on thinking that they would give the award to Lincoln. It was very refreshing when Argo ended up winning (and very fortunate that my ballot was set in stone before I decided to change it).

3. There were many surprises

Surprises in the Academy Awards can be frustrating but during the 2013 Oscars most of the surprises were good ones (or neutral). The neutral surprise was the fact that both Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty won the award for sound editing — something I did not know was possible to do.

Seth MacFarlane’s jokes were often surprising. The best example was, when introducing Meryl Streep, he says “and now an actress that needs no introduction” and immediately bolts of the stage. It caught me by surprise and almost brought me to tears with the way he pulled it off.

Argo winning Best Picture was a surprise, presumably even to Ben Affleck. I was personally very pleased that a movie with broader appeal and more diversity won. There have been too many years when the honour goes to the most artsy period piece in the group — appealing only to the utmost movie snobs.

Normally I would say that if you missed the Oscars you wouldn’t have missed much but 2013 was definitely a stand-out year.

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