Our View: Movies, Musicals and MacFarlane: Oscars 2013

DKS Editors

We’ve broken down some of the most memorable moments of the Oscars.

Fashion – As always, millions, if not billions of dollars in designer dresses, shoes and jewelry were showcased on the red carpet for the 85th Academy Awards. We’ll leave the style critiques to fashion pros, but we couldn’t help but think of all the better ways that money could have been spent, and we’re not talking about a razor for Ben Affleck.

Opening performance – This was one of the best openings to the Oscars we’ve seen in a while. It was a nod to old Hollywood with a comical modern twist. Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum were elegant, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe were awkwardly wonderful singing and dancing with MacFarlane amid a crowd of men in suits.

Jaws Music – This year’s Oscars took chasing award acceptors off the stage to a whole new level by playing the “Jaws” theme to scare them away. The most awkward cut-off came during the acceptance of the award for Best Visual Effects for “Life of Pi.” Nicole Kidman’s face as they cut away from VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer spoke for how everyone else was feeling.

Adele’s performance – Adele was wonderful as usual, especially after giving birth just a few months ago, but this performance was underwhelming for the hype it received prior to the awards.

Movie musicals medley – The theme of this year’s Oscars was movie musicals, and this performance epitomized that theme more than any other. Catherine Zeta-Jones performed “All That Jazz” from “Chicago,” Jennifer Hudson performed “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls” and the cast of “Les Misérables” performed “Suddenly.” It was every musical theatre junky’s dream and the crowning moment of the Oscars — a moment for the stars’ talents to speak for themselves.

Seth MacFarlane as host – All in all, Seth was pretty funny, but we had higher expectations for the creator of “Family Guy” and director/producer/writer of this year’s standout comedy, “Ted.” There were a few funny moments, but also too many controversial jokes — one about Chris Brown and Rihanna’s relationship was met with a particularly unpleasant audience response. His best joke was a “Sound of Music” reference that may have been lost on younger viewers, which reenacted the moment the Von Trapp family escaped after their talent show performance.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial staff.