The news that Seth MacFarlane was picked to host this year's Oscars received some skeptical reactions (to put it nicely) at first, but--at least at post time--it seems like the first-time host's opening monologue went over well. A few reactions from the Twittersphere:
Less everyone else, more Seth MacFarlane— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) February 25, 2013
@sethmacfarlane Is doing a great job!!!— Dennis Haskins (@mrbelding) February 25, 2013
Seth looks great @sethmacfarlane you look great bud— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) February 25, 2013
Though later in the show, one of the host's jokes about eating disorders and women seemed to fall a bit flat ...
You're right, Seth MacFarlane. Women ARE ridiculous yet hilarious objects! #Oscars— John Moe (@johnmoe) February 25, 2013
It's not Seth MacFarlane's fault, guys. It's just that men aren't funny.— Allie M. (@alliemyerz) February 25, 2013
A joke about John Wilkes Booth didn't go over great either ...
WOW. Not too soon, MacFarlane. Just in poor taste. #oscars— Jace Lacob (@televisionary) February 25, 2013
Also of note on Twitter, the Academy's official Twitter account made a surprising mention about Seth MacFarlane's joke about cleavage.*
An assassination joke? Yikes.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) February 25, 2013
For some post-show reading (or to check out during the commercials), read some of Fast Company's coverage about how the tiniest details can make a project Oscar-worthy, the original real poster for the fake Argo movie during the Iranian hostage crisis and watch all of this year's nominated shorts.
What did you think of MacFarlane? Tell us in the comments.[Picture courtesy of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences]
(*An earlier version of the post incorrectly identified what the Academy was referencing.)