‘Yawnfest’: You’ll Be Surprised by How Many People Disliked the Oscars This Year

Host Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Oscars mark one of the most heavily promoted nights of the year, but sometimes all that buildup just leads to a letdown.

This year, a surprising range of bloggers, politicians, authors, and average Americans weighed in with less than favorable reviews.

To begin, a number of host Seth MacFarlane’s jokes were received with groans of embarrassment rather than roars of laughter.

In one noteworthy example, he laughed about how John Wilkes Booth really “got inside Lincoln’s head” as an actor:

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Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood begged someone to “untie Seth’s writers who must be kidnapped in a dark closet somewhere in the building.”

The slow pace of the show was another hot point of criticism:

One twitter user responded to @fuggirls by saying she “would give anything to see Snow White and Rob Lowe right now,” referencing a sketch the New York Times described as having earned “a permanent place in the annals of Oscar embarrassments.” Here’s partial video of the performance, via The Hollywood Reporter:

But some were put off by certain inappropriate moments during the show.  In fact, Twitchy captured a rare moment of political unity over mutual dislike of one aspect of the ceremony:

But some just weren’t impressed by the stars’ performances:

Fox News host Eric Holling concluded: