24 February 2013 10:28 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

And now, the most buzzed-about Oscar telecast in ages has concluded, leaving us with a weird, gold-plated aftertaste and nothing to reflect on but our (cue Barbra) meeeemmmmories. What moments from the show made us shrink in our seat a little bit, inspiring pity, sympathy, or irritation? And, at the same time, what expertly staged (or utterly spontaneous) moments brought us back from the brink and gave us something significant to talk about with our friends? Here are sixteen of the Oscarcast's highlights and lowlights. (For a hi-res red carpet slideshow, click on over to the Cut.)Low: Seth MacFarlane's opening monologue Had Seth MacFarlane elevated his persona beyond his brand of usual shtick, this could have worked: With his deep announcer's voice and musical talent, he's got the raw material for a good Oscar host, after all. But he was totally unable to marry his irreverent Family Guy »


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