The Ed Show | February 25, 2013
>>> tonight, the oscars were packed with song, dance, and a few surprises. seth macfarlane hosted the show with some help from william shatner .
>> the show is a disaster.
>> what -- what are you talking about? it's going fine.
>> no, it's not.
>> and this was a bizarre skit in which sock puppets played pilots in a plane that is about to crash.
>> all systems go, captain.
>> okay. hang on a sec. glug glug glug, glug glug, glug glug glug. let's do it.
>> ah, ah, ah!
>> there wasn't much singing and dancing. we can't possibly give a full recap, but here is a sample.
>> we saw your boobs in the movie we saw we saw your boobs. but he's got high hopes but don't memories
>> then there was the best kept secret of the night, the surprise guest.
>> the first lady of the united states . michelle.
>> i am so honored to help introduce this year's nominees for best picture .
>> do you have your envelope?
>> not yet, jack. but i'm about to. and the oscar goes to " argo ." congratulations!
>> harvey weinstein and his daughter initially pitched the idea for the first lady to appear in the telecast. the producers loved it and the first lady quickly agreed. producers borrow addis any jet and made a secret flight to washington to hammer out all of the details. one producer said the planning of it was like " argo ." it was a cia mission, it was so complicated. joining me tonight david edelstein , chief film critic for "new york" magazine and contributor for cbs sunday morning. great to have you with us.
>> thank you.
>> thanks for your time again. we had you friday night. the boobs song, what did you make of that?
>> you know, ed, it would be really easy for me to sit here and say that seth macfarlane stank up the screen. so i'll just say seth macfarlane stank up the screen and just leave it at that. the whole idea was it was supposed to be bad. it was supposed to be offensive. they were being ironic. they were being post modern . but somehow or other saying that your joke stinks and then delivering it anyway and being surprised that nobody is laughing at it seems the ultimate in absurdity.
>> it's a thankless job. you're in front of the most talented people this the world. how do you win doing a job like that?
>> you know, i've liked some of them in the past. i thought jon stewart did a really nice job. parts of chris rock really good. there have been some highlights. but the seth macfarlane thing, he just could not -- he was all sniggery and juvenile. and i love sniggery and juvenile. the writers, this was third rate material they were doing.
>> highlight of the night, streisand in my opinion. totally unexpected. it was that and the goldfinger.
>> babs killed it. shirley bassey killed it. adele killed it. actually, i made a list of the things that i liked. oh, sorry, this is communists and harvard law school . no, i made -- jennifer lawrence tripping on the stair, adorable, adorable. oh my god. shirley bassey , adele, babs, ben affleck when he won. he is fugue staked. the man actually entered another dimension. he thanked his wife for putting up him as a terrible husband. then he told the members of the academy he was not going to get revenge on them. whoever thought he was going to get revenge on them? i don't understand.
>> best picture ?
>> best picture , we knew it was going to be " argo ." we knew it was the pity vote. we knew he didn't get best director . and it glorified hollywood . it made hollywood people look heroic.
>> spielberg didn't get a lot of love.
>> a lot of spielberg hatred. i can't account for it at all. i thought he did a beautiful job on "lincoln," but i thought ang lee did a beautiful job with " life of pi " as well. everybody should rush to the heater to see " life of pi ." ang lee is a very charming fellow. christoph waltz was a surprise. wonderfully adorable as he splatters slave owners all over the screen.
>> okay. the first lady. there have been -- it's not the first time a president or a first lady have appeared in an oscar . was this a hit?
>> i loved michelle obama , and i thought this was really a horrible idea. it just felt wrong. it felt like another universe entering in there. i mean oscar -- movies are pretend. this was like -- i don't know. all the formality and the guards behind her. and it seemed creepy to me. and pairing her with jack nicholson ?
>> that was interesting. definitely gave him some cover. but quickly, would it have worked better obviously if she had been there? would it have worked if she was there?
>> i don't think she should have been there. she doesn't belong there. hollywood has its own royalty. it has its own first ladies and first men. that's what the evening is about. oh, daniel day lewis , a god, a god. absolutely a god. and he was slightful. he was funnier than seth macfarlane .
>> david edelstein , great to have you with us.
>> see you next year.
>> yes, you will. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz . "the rachel maddow show" starts right now.
>> good evening. the only thing that is going to top yours and david edelstein 's take at the oscars last night is the take we have coming up on iran. iran had a very serious reaction