WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Hosting the Oscars can be quite the thankless privilege.
With respect to the Academy, which is going out of its way to reach a younger audience – by doing things like calling it ‘The Oscars’ and refreshing the look of the eponymous trophy logo – it’s efforts to go younger are being undercut by the older audience represented in the media, which makes a habit of judging the awards show harshly.
There was a measured effort to avoid the ‘Worst Host Ever’ headlines that follow the ceremony any time the host isn’t named Billy Crystal or Jon Stewart, a seemingly unavoidable aftermath first-time host Seth MacFarlane even satirized in a skit on Sunday.
If Twitter was any indication, MacFarlane – who is deeply entrenched in today’s youth as the creator of Family Guy, as well as writer/director of the widely successful movie “Ted” – did an outstanding job hosting the show. For those familiar with his work, it should have come as no surprise that he cracked jokes on everyone, across the room.
Unsurprisingly, the ‘nothing is off-limits’ approach didn’t go over well with The Oscars’ mainstream critics.
Let’s take a quick sample:
“Sorry, Seth MacFarlane, but not everybody loved you” – CNN
“The Juvenile Oscars: MacFarlane bombed terribly hosting the 85th Academy Awards” – The Daily Beast
“Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars’ Hostile, Ugly, Sexist Night” – The New Yorker
And yet, 40.3 million people tuned in; more than in 2012. And ABC achieved its goal of capturing a younger audience. Ratings for the 18 to 49 demo saw an 11 percent boost from 2012.
Alas, the voices shouting the loudest win again.
Following his mix-reviewed performance, MacFarlane tweeted he would never host The Oscars again.
“What was the major criticism with Seth MacFarlane?” Lurch asked. “Was it just the offensive jokes?”
“Very sexist,” Drab responded.
“I thought he got killed for, did he have some jokes against Jews in there?” JP asked.
“Yea, but he offends everyone. That’s his shtick,” Drab defended.
“Right,” Lurch agreed.
“Nobody has a sense of humor in 2013,” Cakes said.
“I hate Hollywood,” Lurch said. “Do you understand that I hate Hollywood? I love it because I love going to movies, but I hate the people there.”
What cannot be debated is the fact that MacFarlane did his job successfully. He brought in more of a younger audience.
What is left to quibble over, is whether he was entertaining in doing it.
While jokes about boobs, Lincoln freeing slaves and Jewish people running Hollywood may not be in the best taste, considering the context of the jokes, it’s hard to ignore that he pulled them off in a funny manner.
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