William Shatner Helps Seth MacFarlane Open The Oscars 2013

Seth MacFarlane accepted an assist from William Shatner to smooth nerves in his first time as Academy Awards host.

After telling jokes that included a poke at the Oscars for not nominating Ben Affleck as best director for “Argo,” a giant screen descended on the Academy Awards stage with Shatner, who said he was returning from the future to save MacFarlane from himself. He showed a headline declaring MacFarlane the worst Oscars host ever.

In explaining why, it freed MacFarlane for a few elaborate jokes that supposedly showed his bad taste, including a song naming the movies where famous actresses displayed their breasts, and a routine greeting Sally Field as he was dressed as the Flying Nun.

As creator of “Family Guy,” MacFarlane is best known for offscreen work.

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