Way You Look Tonight." Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt then joined MacFarlane for an elegant musical rendition of "High Hopes."
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron lined up a top-notch cast of stars as presenters, including "The Avengers" co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner. They presented two prizes that went to the shipwreck tale "Life of Pi," cinematography and visual effects.
"This movie was quite a beast to make," said cinematographer Claudio Miranda, who shot dazzling images for the story of a youth adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
Miranda's win marked another round of Oscar futility for revered cinematographer Roger Deakins, who was nominated for the James Bond adventure Skyfall. Deakins has been nominated 10 times but has yet to win.
Halle Berry introduced a tribute to the James Bond franchise in which she has co-starred as the British super-spy celebrated his 50th anniversary on the big-screen last year with the latest adventure Skyfall. Shirley Bassey sang her theme song to the 1960s Bond tale Goldfinger.
A salute to the resurgence of movie musicals in the last decade included Oscar winners Catherine Zeta-Jones singing "All That Jazz" from Chicago and Hudson doing And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going from Dreamgirls. Jackman and 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. Two hours 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 lent his voice to his foul-mouthed stuffed bear from last summer's blockbuster "Ted" to present some technical awards alongside the movie's star, Mark Wahlberg. Ted needled Wahlberg to tell him where the "big post-Oscars Hollywood orgy" would be. Wahlberg's answer: Jack Nicholson's house.
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