The Oscars: Boring, sexist and…a ratings boost?

Another year, another Oscars. After all that speculation, build up and surprises (or lack thereof – “Argo” as best picture was fairly predictable), the big movie event of the year has come and gone.

I watched parts of it on and off while I was at work last night, and I thought the first 90 minutes or so were extremely boring, with only one significant award – best supporting actor – handed out. It certainly picked up towards the end, but after 3.5 hours (the show finally ended slightly after 11 p.m. after starting at 7:30) it begins to wear on even the most patient person.

Despite its length, early viewership ratings released on Monday morning show that this year’s awards broadcast increased in viewers from last year. Interestingly, a big part of that ratings increase was among the younger 18-49 year-old demographic, which is what the Oscars were going for with a younger host like Seth MacFarlane.

However, MacFarlane’s performance was not without criticisms. Many called his jokes “sexist” – and you don’t need to look much further than his “We Saw Your Boobs” song in his opening monologue.

But is it any surprise that MacFarlane’s antics came away as insulting or sexist? After all, the man created “Family Guy,” an animated show that comes away as insulting and sexist with most of its jokes.

What do you think about the show, and about MacFarlane’s job as host? Did you watch the Oscars all the way through without falling asleep? What were some of your favorite moments?

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