The Family Guy
creator handicapped himself from the start, slipping in sly references to his destiny as a one-time host and playfully ribbing the audience when they groaned at jokes that went too far (we're lookin' at you, ''I would argue that the actor who really got inside Lincoln's head was John Wilkes Booth.'') Still, lowering the audience’s expectations was the best favor MacFarlane could have done for himself. Throwing his haters off-kilter, he was able to drop in some legitimately funny bits
, including a Sound of Music
gag before Christopher Plummer’s introduction of the Best Supporting Actress category and a self-deprecating riff on his own accomplishments compared to the nominees. (''You guys have made some inspiring movies. I made Ted
. Your movies are going to win awards. My movies are in Redboxes outside of grocery stores being urinated on by bums.'') EW's show night poll
showed that MacFarlane's gambit paid off. Well-played, voice man. Well-played.