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    oscars 2013: the good, the best, the rest.

    They laughed, they cried, they got really uncomfortable about Ted’s jokes. Last night’s Oscars ceremony was, perhaps, one of the more memorable ones in recent years and Seth MacFarlane surely one of the most polarizing hosts to take the stage. Here’s the thing about being the Oscars host: it’s not a job you can ever really “win” at. You are basically set up to fail from the start. It’s the biggest night for the world’s most glamorous industry, where its most notable power players assemble in one giant room and you have to stand up there, sing, dance and entertain-slash-rib some of the most thin-skinned but talented people on the planet while keeping the viewers at home happy, many of whom can’t wait to weigh in on the snark-a-thon. Calling it “not an easy job” is an understatement. So bravo to anyone who is crazy enough to take it in the first place.

    Despite its marathon telecast, there were still quite a few standout moments (and dresses, if you’re into that kind of stuff, ahem). Below, a few of my personal favorites:

    TheĀ Prometheus joke. Before he sent the show to break, MacFarlane’s promise that the cast of Prometheus would be up to “explain what the hell was going on there,” made me feel as though he had crawled into my mindspace and done some extraction. My mind from last year about halfway through Prometheus, but still. I’m glad SOMEONE finally brought it up and, hey, why not at the Oscars of all places?

    Jennifer Lawrence’s epic faceplant. If there’s anyone who could make totally eating it on her way to collect a Best Actress award, it’s Jennifer Lawrence. Her remarkably self-effacing nature came through last night, hazardous haute couture notwithstanding. And next time, someone please tell her if Hugh Jackman is rushing to your side to help you up, you STAY DOWN UNTIL HE STARTS GIVING YOU CPR.

    Ben Affleck’s acceptance speech. I loved Argo. I hated that Affleck didn’t get a Best Director nod. I loved that the movie won Best Picture and that Affleck, more or less, got to give his would-be Best Director speech anyway. Especially poignant was when he acknowledged that to succeed in Hollywood (although I think it can be applied more broadly to just life), “you have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can’t hold grudges… and that all that matters is you gotta get up.” Which he would definitely know about because he starred in Gigli.

    All the sound guys with long, blonde hair. \m/

    What were some of YOUR favorite moments?

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