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The 2013 Oscars Opening Number: VIDEO


Here's the opening number of Seth MacFarlane's Oscars, which lasted nearly 18 minutes, and featured  William Shatner, dance numbers from Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe, and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles in a tribute to boobs.

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  1. Wonderful! Liked it.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 25, 2013 9:29:33 AM

  2. Homophobic ? ? ? ? Me and the boyfriend loved it. Thought it was great. Some of you guys need to get a life and stop looking for insults where none exist.

    Posted by: Continuum | Feb 25, 2013 9:35:14 AM

  3. Wow! Came here to drop some positive comments only to see this thread has been hijacked by Crazypants Rise, etc.!

    Thank you, Ryan, for your words of sanity. I especially liked this, "The reason no one laughs at a conservative Republican when talking about gays is because they're usually not joking."

    Big. freaking. difference. Prideless Prouders.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Feb 25, 2013 9:36:57 AM

  4. What Ryan and Michael said.

    Posted by: Lance | Feb 25, 2013 9:55:08 AM

  5. "I Saw Your Boobs" Really? REALLY?
    God, for a little class and some style.
    Seth McFarlane and his "wink, wink" cutesy, closeted, frat-boy smugness is too much for anyone to endure.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 25, 2013 10:10:19 AM

  6. I saw your boobs, however silly, could have been a great song if it had been singable, tuneful, memorable. It was hack musik.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 25, 2013 11:26:56 AM

  7. Hate to admit it, but Bruce has a point that we'd be going crazy if the conservatives had said those things. On the other hand, Seth McFarlane has been a strong supporter of gay rights, so he's due some leeway. Plus nothing he said was mean-spirited towards us (and no, he didn't react "in horror" about the coming-out-in-2015 joke; he was pretty nonchalant about it). I thought he was great.

    Posted by: CJS | Feb 25, 2013 11:52:47 AM

  8. Was anybody else daydreaming about a 3-way with Daniel Radcliffe, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth MacFarlane? It would be tag-team of course.

    Posted by: zack | Feb 25, 2013 12:18:00 PM

  9. This was a charming opening with nifty dance numbers and that joke about Seth "joining the chorus" in 2015 made me laugh out loud. As for Seth's brand of humor, he's the creator of the raunchy and very funny "Family Guy" and "American Dad". I will tell you, I'm never so bored out of my mind when Billy Crystal does one of his tame, inoffensive opening routines at the Oscars. Pure pablum. I like people getting a little politically incorrect and being themselves.

    Posted by: will | Feb 25, 2013 1:19:13 PM

  10. Hilarious. Not "homophobic" at all ... quit grasping at straws.

    Posted by: reality | Feb 25, 2013 1:49:01 PM

  11. I think Seth is gay and was saying he wasn't one of them to be ironic.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Feb 25, 2013 2:40:08 PM

  12. Jeez, the whole point of the "I'm not gay" joke was to make fun of people who claim that, since they so often really ARE gay.

    But didn't anybody else notice openly gay hunk Charlie Williams among the dancers??!!

    Posted by: SeattleMike | Feb 25, 2013 3:36:13 PM

  13. Seth McFarlane says he's no one of “them” not because he's homophobic but because it has been a running joke for years that he's gay. At every “Roast” on Comedy Central, for example.

    Posted by: David | Feb 25, 2013 4:43:27 PM

  14. The Boob song, the Nazi Joke and JLaw falling up the stairs were the funniest moments in the Oscars show last night.

    Posted by: Edd | Feb 25, 2013 4:55:43 PM

  15. Those who watch Family guy and American dad knew what they were in for last night.
    All the old people who don't watch his shows, weren't ready for his kind of humor.
    It's that simple.

    Posted by: Edd | Feb 25, 2013 4:57:24 PM

  16. Seth has a sexy voice.

    Posted by: Gary | Feb 25, 2013 6:04:34 PM

  17. Seth has a sexy voice.

    Posted by: Gary | Feb 25, 2013 6:04:35 PM

  18. The opening sequence was about 15 minutes too long and got to be very boring very fast. Seth had his moments and even though some of his jokes were truly cringe-worthy, some were very funny and on point. He was definitely not as good as Billy or Whoopi, but he was definitely not as bad as David Letterman (and the opening sequence was not as bad as the Snow White/Rob Lowe fiasco).

    Posted by: cando64 | Feb 25, 2013 9:32:35 PM

  19. I know the hosting gig is a thankless job but if you are being paid big $$ you better be on point. There's an interesting New Yorker piece about Seth and his hosting gig. Basically, he tries too hard to come across as this hip, sarcastic and edgy comic when the reality is, he has never worked as a stand-up comic and honed his staged comic chops and he showed up in LA in his twenties with a bowl cut and coke bottle glasses and was a total geek. He tries too hard to be edgy and offensive and people can see through that.

    Posted by: tiko | Feb 25, 2013 11:42:39 PM

  20. I'd never seen Seth McFarlane before... wow, is he hot! Also, he still looks like he's in his 30s. He must have been very young when he started Family Guy. Impressive.

    As to his job performance... not everything worked, but he was pretty funny. The opening worked better than a lot of the rest of the night. Loved Shatner's involvement, and loved all the music and dancing.

    Finally, it's absolutely ridiculous that anyone says he was homophobic. The 'bit' about his 2015 coming out wasn't making fun of gay people, it was having fun with "the closet." To be perfectly honest, I don't think there's anything wrong with that. If anything, it was one of the less-crude jokes of the night.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 26, 2013 1:59:31 AM

  21. Glad to see the la gmc broadcast to a billion people around the world, but what a waste of talent on such a silly number

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Feb 26, 2013 7:26:17 AM

  22. And of course, mcfarlane has to say I'm not gay, with the joke being, oh yes you are....

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Feb 26, 2013 7:35:05 AM

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