I wonder if the director's branch regretted not nominating Affleck after he picked up so much steam (and hardware) in the awards season. I think there was a best picture that was not nominated for any other awards way back in the early years, but the only similar small number of wins I can think of off the top of my head is Rocky (and a similar spread, through switching director for screenplay).
And yes, while McFarlane had some clever moments, there was no need to have him start the show with 20 minutes of skits. It was not a fit with the feeling of an Academy Awards show (though the AMPAS seemed to be fleeing from the idea that anyone would call these the Academy Awards... rampant "hip" re-branding in progress to try to keep up with the Grammyses). The "salute to Bond" and "salute to musicals" were pretty much wastes of time (though seeing Shirley Bassey perform was a pleasure). Plus, that made it so that two nominated songs got performed in big numbers in their entirety on stage, while the other three were shoehorned in with some text on screen and a recording. Huh? The only thing that stood in its favor is that the winner was a foregone conclusion. I don't think the show needs to stop to the hear the entire nominated songs any year, but it just shows how much the adulation for the Grammys influenced the producers. They really wanted to get those big numbers on stage. The problem is, the Grammy nominees and audience are filled with people who can perform in a format (pop songs) amenable to the show's format. Unless you are going to re-film (or at least re-enact) the movies, that is not the case with the Academy Awards---er, Oscars. They should play to their (different) strengths, one of which should be getting to the awards. There have been longer telecasts, but few that I can remember that felt so long. And what were those vestibules that so many winners kept walking out of?
On the plus side, I loved Day-Lewis' acceptance speech. He probably had good time to plan it, but it was still funny, touching, and well delivered Great to see Tarantino win another Oscar at last, and Christoph Waltz winning again for a Tarantino film was the one major-category surprise besides Ang Lee. Good to see them spread around the technical award love. First tie I can remember seeing in a show I watched. Day-Lewis makes history by becoming the first man to win three lead-actor Academy Awards-- Oscars! Oscars! Sorry. Tarantino's tie was just fun to see... and Charlize Theron showed some dance moves and that she could rock a short haricut.