Monday, February 25, 2013

Video: The 85th Academy Awards Opening with Captain Kirk

Yesterday's funny and entertaining 85th Academy Awards show with an opening by Seth MacFarlane featured a guest appearance by Captain Kirk (William Shatner) of Star Trek. Now in case you didn't know this, MacFarlane is a big tie Trekker. He even got to be in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. Lucky guy. Anyway, Mediaite posted the whole opening. Here it is. It was funny, well done and a mix of MacFarlane's edgy humor with Hollywood glamour.

Speaking of glamour, some in Hollywood need to loosen up. And I'm not talking about Quentin Tarantino. I mean the joke about Rihanna and Chris Brown where MacFarlane said that Django Unchained was a date movie because of its abuse of women wasn't that bad. He didn't endorse domestic violence. And the joke about Mel Gibson's racism was funny. Yet, some groaned at those jokes. His worst joke was the one about Lincoln and saying assassin John Wilkes Booth was in the President's head. MacFarlane was able to respond to the groans by saying it's been about one hundred forty eight years and "it's too soon?" Over all, I thought he was funny. Hey he got Tommy Lee Jones to laugh.

Even though the show was too long, it was one of the best Oscar shows in memory. Look, the commercials make the show too long. But I loved the tribute to the classic songs from film. Nice end number where Kristen Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane sing Frank Sinatra's standard, "Here's to the losers" with lyrics written for the losers. Got to love the line about Bradley Cooper losing but getting to appear in Hangover IV.

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