Even the more positive reviews rated his performance a mixed bag, with Huffington Post writer Michael Russnow writing that “when he played it straight, he was great – poised, handsome and charming. But on occasion he spewed classless material, which I'm sure he thought was very funny.”
However, despite the more off-color jokes that offended some viewers, there were some routines from MacFarlane that landed. Here are our five favorite moments from the Oscar host, in no particular order.
1. In detailing the plot of “Argo,” for which Ben Affleck famously lost out on a Best Director nomination (despite the movie eventually winning Best Picture), MacFarlane said, “The film is so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy.” He added a moment later, “They know they screwed up.”
2. "Family Guy" viewers knew already that MacFarlane loves movie musicals, especially the 1965 film "The Sound of Music." He demonstrated that when "Music" actor Christopher Plummer, the winner last year for the Best Supporting Actor prize, was announced to present the Best Supporting Actress award. MacFarlane then acted out the climactic scene from "Music," when the von Trapp family is announced multiple times and fail to appear (they'd fled the auditorium to escape from the Nazis). MacFarlane even had someone appear in uniform to shout, "They're gone!" like a Nazi soldier does in the movie. (Plummer, of course, eventually appeared.)
3. One of MacFarlane's best jokes was also one of his earliest. Moments after appearing onstage, he quipped of the famously taciturn actor, "And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now." He did indeed get laughter from Jones for that one.