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:
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:
For all the praise for editors earlier in the show, this Oscars broadcast sure could use one. #heyooooo
— Mike O’Brien (@mpoindc) February 25, 2013
the governor’s awards looks like more fun than the oscars
— alex T (@alexxgco) February 25, 2013
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:
I thought the worst thing about the Oscars was Kristin Chenoweth on the red carpet but then Michelle Obama showed up — Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 25, 2013
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) February 25, 2013
Fox News host Eric Holling concluded:
— ericbolling (@ericbolling) February 25, 2013