Austrian-German actor Christopher Waltz, so delicious as the bounty hunter in "Django Unchained," took home the first statue of the night at the 85th annual Academy Awards from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.
It was a mild surprise, but a nice surprise. Tommy Lee Jones was the favorite, though not by a large margin.
The show got off to a fun, if self-conscious start as bad boy and "The Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane made fun of his own reputation, with the help of William Shatner in his Capt. Kirk/"Star Trek" drag.
Kirk coached McFarlane on how to be classy, showing him headlines from the future indicating the host had gone from worst, to bad to mediocre host. The real surprise is that McFarlane can sing and dance, which he did on "High Hopes," with which he did some soft shoe with Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and "The Way You Look Tonight," which featured an elegant waltz from Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum.