The year's Oscars quotes included many a zinger, but perhaps none more controversial than host Seth MacFarlane's Chris Brown and Rihanna joke.
Here's how MacFarlane introduced "Django Unchained": "This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who's been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie." The reference to Brown's 2009 assault of Rihanna drew gasps from the audience in Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Rihanna and Brown are now once again an item.
On "Argo," MacFarlane dinged Ben Affleck by saying, "The film's director is unknown to the Academy." He dinged Affleck again later in the program as well. "The first time I saw [Affleck] with all that dark facial hair, I thought, 'My God, the Kardashians have made the jump to film,'" MacFarlane said after admitting that he wasn't sure about the joke.
"Last year, Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for 'The Artist,'" MacFarlane noted. "This year, he's ... everywhere," remarking on the fact that an Oscar win doesn't necessarily translate to a consistently lucrative career in film.
MacFarlane also mocked George Clooney's propensity for younger women, describing 9-year-old Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis thusly: "To give you an idea of how young she is, it'll be 16 years until she's too old for Clooney."
"I always thought the actor who got most inside Lincoln's head was John Wilkes Booth," the "Family Guy" showrunner said when discussing actors who have played the Abraham Lincoln in movies.
The Academy Awards was set to include a tribute to James Bond, performances from Adele and Barbra Streisand and a host of other goodies. More from the Oscars is available in 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.