Seth McFarlane was hosting the Oscars for the first time, so I'm willing to give him some of the benefit of the doubt.
Some of his jokes worked. Some fell flat on their face. I just wish that he would have been give the green light to perform his style of comedy, because I guarantee he had funnier material than that, which the showrunners edited out.
From Catherine Zeta Jones lip synching to a cluster vocal performance from the Les Miserables cast, I'm not sure the goal of reaching a younger audience was achieved. In fact, quite the opposite. One of my favorite moments was Shirley Bassey belting out "Goldfinger" in the James Bond tribute segment. Anyone under 20 actually know what was going on there?
In any case, the Oscars are over and I'm satisfied with the results.
Here were my picks. I went 5 for 7 missing in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Amour (2012): Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald