Ron MacFarlane, father of Seth MacFarlane(2ndL), his wife Xiao Xiang, Seth's sister Rachael MacFarlane (2ndR) and an unknown man arrive on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
(USA TODAY) -- It helps to know the host: Everyone on the Oscar red carpet
knows the deal: be sure to talk up whoever dressed you. That rule evens
extends to host Seth MacFarlane's dad, Ron. "This was a birthday present
from my daughter," he told USA TODAY, (Should a breeze blow down the
red carpet and up that kilt, you might just get a glimpse of his Family Guy
underwear.) pointing to his kilt. Asked what kind of sets the
first-time Oscar emcee had scored, MacFarlane's sister Rachel replied,
"We have curiously good seats, Robert Downey Jr.-level seatage."
Robin Roberts, ready to go: The Good Morning America host
only returned to the anchor desk a few days ago following her bone
marrow transplant, but that didn't stop her from flying cross-country to
attend the Oscars and make a couple predictions. She believes Anne
Hathaway will win supporting actress and hopes that best picture
underdog Life of Pi pulls off the win. On her way into the theater, she runs into Jimmy Kimmel Live security guard/sidekick Guillermo Diaz, decked out in a glittering gold jacket. "You look like an Oscar," she tells him.
You call that Oscar food?
When Wolfgang Puck stopped to talk to the Kimmel crew, Diaz presented
the chef with a brown bag lunch. Unimpressed, he dumped its contents
(including crackers, applesauce and Lunchables) on the ground, he
instructed Diaz, "Tell Jimmy to give you more money so you can come eat
in our restarurant and get some good food."
Somebody show him how to tie a bowtie: Benh Zeitlin, a directing nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild is
breathing a sigh of relief, glad to be at the awards season's "finish
line." But Oscar day was not without its challenges: he spent a good
portion of the day "trying to figure out how to tie a bowtie. I watched
about 12 YouTube videos before I finally figured it out."