Seth MacFarlane's Oscar Monologue Was Endless, and Maybe Racist and Sexist

The host spent the first 19 minutes of the Academy Awards on Sunday making sure everyone would, in fact, hate him.

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Playing off his pre-Oscars prediction that everyone would hate him at the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane spent the first 19 minutes of the Academy Awards on Sunday making sure everyone would, in fact, hate him. After some real stinkers, the main conceit was William Shatner descending on a screen as Captain Kirk, from the future, to tell MacFarlane to do a better job of hosting, in a kind of alternate-reality bit that turned pretty sordid—and pretty fast. What followed was a song about boobs, a version of Flight with sock puppets, a makeout session with Sally Field, with a little bit of song-and-dance numbers in between. And some poorly received jokes between those.

MacFarlane started off pretty meme-y, by making Tommy Lee Jones, sad meme champion of the Golden Globes, finally smile: "And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now."

But then things took a turn for the weird. MacFarlane made a joke about Daniel Day-Lewis' method acting: "If you bumped into Don Cheadle on the studio lot would you try and free him?" He said of Django Unchained: "Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call, it a date movie" and of Django's use of the n-word: "I'm told the screenplay was loosely based on Mel Gibson's voicemails."

Then Shatner sort of came to the rescue, explaining how badly the show had gone for MacFarlane in Captain Kirk's version of the future.

There was a song called "We Saw Your Boobs." These were the reaction shots:

(Note: Jennifer Lawrence's boobs have not actually been on camera.)

(Note: Charlie Theron's have.)

The boobs bit immediately prompted cries of sexism:

MacFarlane's comeback from potty humor was a dance number with... Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum, who showed they could both move around the stage pretty nicely.

But then, back in Shatner's alternate reality, we got Flight with sock puppets and a joke about "blackhand."

That strange joke was followed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe dancing adorably. And then, just when it seemed like it was time for the never-ending monologue to close, there was MacFarlane in a Flying Nun costume, convincing Sally Field that Anne Hathaway would win anyway, and then he made out with her.

The whole thing ended with MacFarlane crooning "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast with all of his special dancing guests:

The opening drew a number of complaints including cries of racism, sexism, and especially length:

Shatner's joke—"Why can't Tina and Amy host everything?"—prompted hopes that the Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would come back:

Here's video:

Update: Here is our Richard Lawson's take on Seth MacFarlane's obnoxious night, and here are some of his worst "joke" of the evening.

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