The 85th annual Academy Awards ended with a bang -- and not the announcement that "Argo" had won Best Picture.
As revealed on Wednesday night, the Oscars finale included a song and dance number featuring Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth. (Because nothing says "Hollywood's biggest night" like a television star and Broadway icon.)
"We just want to say, 'Here's to the losers,'" MacFarlane said as he and Chenoweth launched into an ode to those who did not go home with Oscars. Lyrics were along the lines of: "You have all Tom Cruise's talent, and you're equally as tall — Here's to the losers, God bless them all."
MacFarlane and Chenoweth closed out the telecast, which ended just past midnight on the East Coast.
“After the Best Picture award has been given, Seth and Kristin will perform a special number and we think it will be a 'can't miss' moment,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a press release announcing the Oscars finale.
The 2013 Academy Awards were filled with memorable musical moments, from Adele to Barbra Streisand to the cast of "Les Miserables" to Shirley Bassey. Zadan and Meron -- who produced the 2002 film "Chicago," which won Best Picture 10 years ago -- had said in pre-show interviews that they wanted to celebrate music as well as movies.
The added production value to the broadcast caused many fans to wonder whether the show would be one of the longest ever, but that didn't bother Meron.
"The truth of the matter is, you can see a 90-minute movie and it can feel like four hours, or you can see a three-hour movie where the pacing is great and it will fly by and you'll want to see it again," he told TheWrap. "It really has to do with content."
For more on the Oscars' 2013 ceremony, including a full list of Academy Awards winners, check out the live blog below.
02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
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
02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST
Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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.
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.