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:
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
Longest Oscars In Hollywood History? Yawnfest Instead Of Usual Snorefest? - Deadline.com ow.ly/i0B32 — irritatedwoman™ (@irritatedwoman) February 25, 2013
JOKING that this is terrible does not make it any less terrible, and in fact, it is goingon way too long and please stop. -H #Oscars — Go Fug Yourself (@fuggirls) 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:
You know, has anyone told the Oscars people that there are families watching their show with their kids? #apparentlynot — D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) February 25, 2013
WE AGREE!! "@dwstweets: You know, has anyone told the Oscars people that there are families watching their show with their kids? " — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 25, 2013
Seriously? #orgy jokes?Real classy #oscars. — Brad Thor (@BradThor) February 25, 2013
But some just weren't impressed by the stars' performances:
Kristen Stewart looks like she's posing for pictures taken by her creepy uncle in his basement. #Oscars — Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) February 25, 2013
“I want to thank Iran. . .and thank my wife, whom I don't usually associate with Iran.” — A flustered Ben Affleck during his #Oscars speech. — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) February 25, 2013
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
#Oscars: Seth, can I have those hours of my life back? ow.ly/i0CLO
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) February 25, 2013
Fox News host Eric Holling concluded:
all is right in my world again.. #WalkingDead on. #Oscars off!
— ericbolling (@ericbolling) February 25, 2013