Oscars telecast review: Guys, it's not about you

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:25pm EST
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By Tim Molloy

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Would it shock you to learn that this year's Oscars producers also produced "Chicago"? Not at all? OK.

Self-referencing was the order of the evening Sunday at an overstuffed Oscars telecast where host Seth MacFarlane and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron decided the ceremony was All About Them.

That was the only explanation for a lengthy opening sequence centered on how MacFarlane would fare as host, and numerous reminders throughout the show of how much we all enjoyed "Chicago."

Thanks, guys, but we kind of took care of praising "Chicago" when it won Best Picture in 2002.

The Oscars are always a treasure trove of hilarious narcissism - it's inherently obnoxious to hear some of the richest and best-looking people alive praise one another and themselves.

This year had plenty of the usual silliness - as when best supporting actor Christoph Waltz praised Quentin Tarantino for going on a "hero's journey" to make films. And it won't exactly reduce Hollywood's sense of self-importance that no less than Michelle Obama handed out the Best Picture. ("Argo" won.)

Inflated egos are to be expected. But we can usually count on the producers and host to share the spotlight. Not so this year.

You can't really blame MacFarlane for turning the opening into a "Family Guy" episode, with all of his show's requisite pop culture references, parody songs and gay panic jokes. MacFarlane brought in William Shatner to play Captain Kirk critiquing the show from the future.   Continued...

Host Seth MacFarlane (C) peforms a dance with Channing Tatun (L) and Charlize Theron at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni