After clips from "Argo" and two other best film nominees, host Seth McFarlane told a bad joke about how John Wilkes Booth was the first actor "to get inside Lincoln's head," then teased the "Argo" director and star Ben Affleck "went from starring in 'Gigli' to one of the most respected actors in Hollywood."
OK, that was more fact than joke.
Meanwhile, several awards were handed out to short and documentary films.
Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man," about the obscure Detroit musician Rodriguez, won for best documentary.
Shawn Christensen's "Curfew" won for best live action short, while "Inocente," which chronicles a homeless teenage artist, won for best documentary short, inspiring co-directing Sean Fine to appeal to the artists in the crowd to support the arts.
Oh, and Baltimore Ravens and "Dancing With the Stars" fans take note: ABC teased to the reveal of the next "DWTS" cast by showing a clip of Ravens' WR and runback specialist Jacoby Jones.