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02/24/2013 06:39 pm ET

Seth MacFarlane Oscars: Host Looks Toward Payoff On Brutal Preparation Work

Sunday night, it was Seth MacFarlane's Oscars. Win or lose, the comedian behind "Family Guy," "Ted" and a host of other projects knew he had a lot of to live up to.

MacFarlane -- who said he was working "150 hours a week" -- admitted to being "a little exhausted" in the week before the Academy Awards.

"Who knows how this will go," he said. "Even if it goes great, I just don't think that I could do this again. It's just too much with everything else that I have to do. I'm happy to be doing it and I will be thrilled to have done it, assuming I get out of there in one piece, but I really think this is a one-time thing for me."

Sunday's show was slated to have quite a few moving parts. In addition to MacFarlane's monologue and interstitial commentary, the ceremony included a tribute to James Bond, a "Les Miserables" set-piece, a "Chicago" reunion and performances from Adele and Barbra Streisand.

Ted, the talking teddy bear from MacFarlane's movie by the same name, was also scheduled to appear with Mark Wahlberg as Oscar presenters. MacFarlane voices Ted -- yet another concern for the man who lends his vocal talents to multiple characters on "Family Guy" and "American Dad!"

"'Family Guy' and 'American Dad!' are very vocally taxing shows," he said in pre-show interviews. "There's a lot of high-energy stuff, a lot of screaming, yelling. A lot of vocal contortions. So that becomes really the biggest challenge of all: How to get it all done and keep it all on schedule and not destroy my throat."

The host was also slated to take part in a finale with singer and actress Kristen Chenoweth, a twist for a project that normally ends seconds after the Best Picture winner's acceptance speech.

It's not all bad news for MacFarlane, however. Though he wasn't expected to win, he was up for an Oscar in the Best Original Song Category, for "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted." Unfortunately, he was up against Adele's "Skyfall."

More on the Oscars is available at our Big News page on the subject. Additional winners and show updates are available in the live-blog that follows the gallery below. More facts about MacFarlane's interesting career and personal life are available in our earlier coverage.

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02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST

Good Night, And Good Luck

That's all from the Oscars 2013 live blog here at HuffPost Entertainment! Hope you enjoyed the show. This is Christopher Rosen, signing off.

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02/25/2013 1:07 AM EST

Ben Affleck Is Not Into Oscar Punditry

From backstage at the Oscars:

When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?

Clooney: Michelle Obama.

Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.

02/25/2013 1:06 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair

Backstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:

Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?

What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.

02/25/2013 12:54 AM EST

What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell

From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:

"A bad word. That starts with F."

02/25/2013 12:50 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Best Picture Winner Face

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02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST

Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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More on Patricia Clarkson's look here.

02/25/2013 12:44 AM EST

How Movies Change During Oscar Season

Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.

@ AwardsDaily :

See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.

Here's Sasha Stone on "Argo" back in October:

Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f--king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.

02/25/2013 12:42 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Arc

@ LouLumenick :

Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.

02/25/2013 12:31 AM EST

At Least Someone Liked It

@ m1keh0gan :

Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding

02/25/2013 12:28 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis' Meryl Streep Joke

“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”

More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.

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