resurgence of movie musicals in the last decade included Oscar winners Catherine Zeta-Jones singing ``All That Jazz'' from “Chicago'' and Jennifer Hudson doing “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'' from “Dreamgirls.'' Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway joined cast mates of best-picture contender “Les Miserables'' to sing songs from their musical.
Fans have pondered how far MacFarlane, the impudent creator of “Family Guy,'' might push the normally prim and proper Oscars. Nearly 90 minutes into the show, the answer was, not that far. MacFarlane was generally polite and respectful, showcasing his charm, wit and vocal gifts.
MacFarlane did press his luck a bit on an Abraham Lincoln joke, noting that Raymond Massey preceded ``Lincoln'' star Daniel Day-Lewis as an Oscar nominee for 1940's ``Abe Lincoln in Illinois.''
“I would argue that the actor who really got inside Lincoln's head was John Wilkes Booth,'' MacFarlane wisecracked, earning some groans from the crowd. “A hundred and 50 years later, and it's still too soon?''
MacFarlane may be a wild card, but as for the show itself, predictability could be the Academy Awards' middle name. This time looks the same, with clear favorites in the main categories.
Affleck's “Argo'' looks like it will be an uncommon film to claim best picture without a directing nomination, while ``Lincoln'' filmmaker Steven Spielberg and star Day-Lewis are favored to join exclusive lists of three-time Oscar winners.
Affleck was not counting on anything, though.
“We don't expect to depart with anything but our integrity,'' Affleck said on the Oscar red carpet before the show.
“Argo'' has won winning practically every top prize at earlier honors. Hollywood was shocked that Affleck was snubbed for a directing nomination, possibly earning the film some sympathy votes, particularly from actors, who love it when one of their own succeeds behind the camera.
The story of how Hollywood, Canada and the CIA teamed up to rescue six Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis, “Argo'' would become just the fourth film in 85 years to claim the top prize without a best-directing nomination and the first since 1989's “Driving Miss Daisy.''
The best-picture prize typically ends the Oscar show, but this time, MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a closing number on the Dolby Theatre stage that producers Zadan and Meron called a “can't miss' moment.''
Anne Hathaway wins best supporting Oscar
Los Angeles, Feb 25 (PTI) Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role of a mother-turned-prostitute,