Overall, pretty well…
Seth Macfarlane was a dashing gentleman (although the song and dance numbers were slightly disappointing). No stiff foreign movie took over all the prizes (I’m talking to you Amour). And there were barely any mishaps aside from poor Jennifer Lawrence who fell when going to claim her prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Hey, it only proves she’s human right?
I’d say it was a success. Any jokes that Macfarlane made that didn’t land right he’d relieve the tension. My personal favorite:
Seth Macfarlane: “[Daniel Day-Lewis] is the first person to get into Abraham Lincoln’s head since John Wilkes Booth.”
Audience: collectively “oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh”
Seth Macfarlane: “What?! 150 years later and still too soon?”
Here’s to hoping that the Academy keeps picking good hosts, that Macfarlane’s career blossoms, and Lawrence gets another chance to redeem herself.