Oscars 2013 rewind: ‘Argo,’ ‘Life Of Pi’ top this year’s Academy Awards
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth
The 85th Annual Academy Awards -- better known as The Oscars -- took over Hollywood on Sunday night. First-time host Seth MacFarlane was just as divisive and outrageous as expected, and the show was filled with awkward moments, flat jokes, surprising wins, and a few genuinely touching moments.
Here is our blow-by-blow breakdown of the highs and lows of Sunday night's broadcast.
[Related: See the full list of 2013 Oscar winners]
5:44pm PST: Oscar host Seth MacFarlane attempts to add some glamor to the opening by bringing out Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron to dance as he sang "The Way You Look Tonight," but when he followed it up with sock puppets re-enacting scenes from "Flight," the class went out the window.
5:47pm PST: MacFarlane has gone into the third musical number so far in the evening as Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sing "High Hopes" with the host singing. While none are especially good dancers, it's better than watching him confront Sally Field while dressed as The Flying Nun.
5:49pm PST: Seth MacFarlane has just added "Be Our Guest" to his repertoire as the show actually gets under way at last, after only 17 minutes.
5:50pm PST: Octavia Spencer arrives on stage to present Best Supporting Actor, mentioning that she was honored to win last year.
5:51pm PST: Christoph Waltz wins Best Supporting Actor.
5:53pm PST: Waltz wins Best Supporting Actor, his second time winning the award, and the second time winning for a role in a Quentin Tarantino film. Waltz praises his director, his cast, the film's producers, and describes the process as "a hero's journey."
5:58pm PST: Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy are on stage to present an award for Best Animated Short. They decide to have fun with the microphone. It's hard to imagine these people are regarded as gifted comic actors, though they seem comfortable at least.
6:00pm PST: "Paperman" wins for Best Animated Short. John Kahrs mentions that this year, all the nominated films were available to the voters, a big revelation.
6:01pm PST: "Brave" wins Best Animated Feature, continuing Pixar's domination of the category. Mark Andrews wore a very handsome kilt for the occasion.
6:03pm PST: Reese Witherspoon, in a striking blue gown, arrives on stage to present clips from "Les Miserables," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and "Life Of Pi."
6:05pm PST: Quvenzhane Wallis looks adorable as the camera finds her after showing clips from "Beasts Of The Southern Wild." This prompts MacFarlane making jokes about her being too young for George Clooney.
6:08pm PST: The stars of "The Avengers" -- sadly not in costume -- arrive to hand out the Best Cinematography award, and begin by cracking jokes about who looks oldest.
6:09pm PST: Claudio Miranda wins for "Life of Pi," who describes the film as "a beast to make," and reveals he has hair like Helen Mirren.
6:12pm PST: "The Avengers," who either planned to stumble over one another's words or didn't quite mesh, next present for Best Visual Effects. As expected, "Life of Pi" has won, with Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott taking the stage. While the orchestra tries to play them off, they give a shout out to Rhythm & Hues, the effects company they worked with that recently went bankrupt.