Best and Worst Moments of the 2013 Oscars

BEST: Tommy Lee Jones, Grumpy Cat No More
BEST: Tommy Lee Jones, Grumpy Cat No More
Host Seth MacFarlane wasn't a total failure: he actually got the perpetually grumpy Best Supporting Actor nominee to crack a smile for the first time all of awards season. Hey, somebody had to! {Photo credit: ABC}
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WORST: Kristin Chenoweth, What's In The Box?!
WORST: Kristin Chenoweth, What's In The Box?!
Red carpet interviews are always an exercise in patience and intelligence for both at-home viewers and the stars enduring them, but Kristen Chenoweth took it to new levels. When she wasn't reminding everyone how short she is, she kept making celebs guess what was in a mystery box. It wasn't Gwyneth Paltrow's head, as a few had guessed, but Dorothy's ruby slippers (correctly identified by Anne Hathaway). We would have thought it was Chenoweth's sense of self-awareness. {Photo credit: ABC}
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BEST: They Could/Should Have Danced All Night
BEST: They Could/Should Have Danced All Night
We'll take any excuse to watch Channing Tatum dance, but watching him dance with fellow sexyperson Charlize Theron during the otherwise ridiculous opening monologue almost felt too good to be true. Can these two star in a Step Up 5: Ballroom Dancing, please? And remind us again why the entire opener wasn't just this gloriousness? {Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images}
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
WORST: Seth MacFarlane Goes On The Offensive
WORST: Seth MacFarlane Goes On The Offensive
Offensive humor walks a fine line. It has to cross that line just enough but still have the smarts to back it up. MacFarlane always edges into dangerous territory with Family Guy, but all of his overtly sexist jokes through the broadcast fell way more on the offensive scale than the even remotely funny scale. Don't worry, Seth. After those jokes and songs about boobs, those nagging women you're complaining about will be more than happy to leave you be. {Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
BEST: Shirley Bassey's Still Got It
BEST: Shirley Bassey's Still Got It
Boy, does she ever. The legendary singer belted out her legendary "Goldfinger" theme during the ceremony's James Bond tribute, and it was one of the night's rare goosebump moments. Bassey looked and sounded as stunning as she did back in 1964 when she first sang the classic. All together now: "Goldfingaaaaaaaaahhhhh!" {Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images}
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
WORST: Say Hi To Your Teddy Bear For Me
WORST: Say Hi To Your Teddy Bear For Me
Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd's awkward presenter banter was arguably worse, but we'll take a robotic Rudd over an animated Ted any day. From a confusing crack about Ed Harris to the use of MacFarlane's patented brand of jokes about Jews, the moment appeased fans of the host and the movie Ted, but no one else. {Photo credit: ABC}
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BEST: No B.S., There Was A Tie!:
BEST: No B.S., There Was A Tie!:
Well, this made the Ted bit worth it. While there were some genuine shockers and upsets (like the wins for Christoph Waltz and Ang Lee), the Oscar ceremony got its first real, and much-needed, jolt when there was a tie in the Best Sound Editing category, with Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty (its only Oscar) both earning the prize and making it the sixth tie in Oscar history. The last time it happened was back in 1995. {Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images}
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WORST: Anne's Dream Is Our Nightmare
WORST: Anne's Dream Is Our Nightmare
Let's admit something right off the bat: this wasn't halfway as terrible as we were expecting it to be since that Golden Globes fiasco. Still, the Les Mierables star and newly minted Best Supporting Actress winner certainly didn't help extinguish the Hathaway hate when she cooed, "It came true" to her Oscar statuette and dedicated her win to the plight of French and singing prostitutes, all while wearing that dress. {Photo credit: Robyn Beck/Getty Images}
Robyn Beck/Getty Images
BEST: Adele Was Fankful
BEST: Adele Was Fankful
So what if her performance wasn't as flawless as she is? "Skyfall" is still a great song, Adele is still a great artist, and this is just getting her one step closer to an EGOT. Adele's gracious and adorable acceptance speech for her Best Original Song Oscar made us love her even more. If that's even possible. {Photo credit: Chris Pizzello/AP Photo}
Chris Pizzello/AP Photo
WORST: 'Chicago' F**k Yourself
WORST: 'Chicago' F**k Yourself
Don't get us wrong, Chicago is a damn good musical and one of the more entertaining Best Picture winners of the past decade. But a number from Best Supporting Actress winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, a reunion of the cast (including the artist formerly known as Renee Zellweger), and multiple shout-outs during the show was beyond excessive and trivial. {Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images}
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
BEST: Babs Was Fabs
BEST: Babs Was Fabs
Barbra Streisand sang the schmaltzy, but beloved theme "The Way We Were" during a tribute to the late, great Marvin Hamlisch and we were all verklempt. Not only was it a performance worthy of Hamlisch's talents, but one that reminded us of how much we love (and miss) classic Hollywood. {Photo credit: Mark Davis/WireImage}
Mark Davis/WireImage
WORST: Life of... WHY?!
WORST: Life of... WHY?!
The idea of using the menacing score from Jaws as the music to play off overlong speeches is funny in theory. In execution, it was a mean-spirited, moment-killing gag that cut Bill Westenhofer and his 'Life of Pi' visual effects team short as they were making a plea for the financially troubled effects company Rhythm and Hues. {Photo credit: Chris Pizzello/AP Photo}
Chris Pizzello/AP Photo
BEST: Documentary Short Winner Is A Big Inspiration
BEST: Documentary Short Winner Is A Big Inspiration
Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's documentary short about a homeless teen-turned-visionary artist, may have won the Oscar, but it was the appearance of their subject on the stage that was the real winner: the visibly touched and stunned Inocente who made us all believe in the power of art and artists at the Oscars. {Photo credit: Chris Pizzello/AP Photo}
Chris Pizzello/AP Photo
WORST: Avengers Assemble, Or Something
WORST: Avengers Assemble, Or Something
So what we took away from this is that Robert Downey, Jr. as a too-coo-for-school egomaniac definitely isn't an act, right? Most of The Avengers cast (Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth were noticeably missing) assembled to present, but their scripted banter was filled with more exhausted silences than their post-credits dinner in the summer smash. {Photo credit: Mark Davis/WireImage}
Mark Davis/WireImage
BEST: Falling For J. Law
BEST: Falling For J. Law
Jennifer Lawrence's Dior gown could have tripped up the most coordinated of us, but this thing took down Katniss herself. The Silver Linings Playbook star took a tumble up the steps on the way to earn her Best Actress Oscar (perfect gentleman Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman both ran to her rescue), but made a perfect recovery with a joke and a lovely speech. Would you expect any less from America's sweetheart? {Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images}
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
WORST: One Day More of Russell Crowe
WORST: One Day More of Russell Crowe
So you made it through all of Les Mis, despite Russell Crowe's clunky turn as Javert? Too bad, because the Oscars are going to make you endure the trauma one day more. The Oscar-winning actor joined his singing cohorts on the stage for a number from the show. As soon as he opened his mouth, we remembered the worst part of the film. At least they spared us from more extreme close-ups. {Photo credit: Chris Pizzello/AP Photo}
Chris Pizzello/AP Photo
BEST: Daniel Day-Lewis: Wise Guy
BEST: Daniel Day-Lewis: Wise Guy
Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis is such a method actor, he transformed into the hilarious, humble Oscar host we'd been waiting for all night. While accepting the third Best Actor Oscar of his career, DDL delivered the night's funniest zinger (he cracked that he and presenter Meryl Streep were supposed to play each other's respective roles in Lincoln and The Iron Lady) and gave yet another brilliant, humble speech. {Photo credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images}
Christopher Polk/Getty Images
WORST: You're a Loser, Baby
WORST: You're a Loser, Baby
Chenoweth book-ended her night of awfulness when she and MacFarlane performed a cringe-inducing show-closer about all the Oscar losers. The only thing worse than having your dream crushed and not getting a coveted Oscar? Listening to Kristin Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane call you a loser. {Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images}
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
BEST: Ben Awwwww-fleck
BEST: Ben Awwwww-fleck
Ben Affleck may have been snubbed in the Best Director race, but his film Argo won Best Picture, allowing him to take the Oscar stage for the first time since 1997. The teary-eyed star, who has been put through the ringer in Hollywood, had some wonderful things to say to his wife and children, but it was these wise words that stuck with us the most: "It doesn't matter if you get knocked down in life, what matters is that you've got to get back up." {Photo credit: Robyn Beck/Getty Images
Robyn Beck/Getty Images
Honorable Mention: FLOTUS Appears!
Honorable Mention: FLOTUS Appears!
Take that, Golden Globes! You get Bill Clinton, we're gonna get First Lady Michelle Obama to announce the Academy Award for Best Picture. Now, conspiracy theorists would have gone absolutely nuts had the FLOTUS called Zero Dark Thirty as Best Picture, but after delivering an eloquent speech about the power of movies, Mrs. Obama named the expected winner Argo. Can you win Best Dressed via satellite? {Photo credit: ABC}
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Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')

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