The audience also leaped to its feet for Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who performed her number “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls,” as well as for the cast of “Les Miserables,” whose members performed several songs from the musical.

Making her first performance in 37 years at the Oscars, Barbra Streisand sang the Oscar-winning "The Way We Were" in remembrance of its composer, Marvin Hamlisch, who died last year.

In other honors, the ceremony was marked by a rare tie — for sound editing. Oscars went to “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall.”

The Bond film also won an Academy Award for the title tune, written by Paul Epworth and pop superstar Adele.

Disney’s “Paperman” won animated short, and Disney / Pixar’s “Brave” won animated feature film. Jacqueline Durran won costume design for the period romance “Anna Karenina.”

Live-action short went to “Curfew,” directed by Shawn Christensen. “Inocente,” directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, won documentary short subject. Director Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man,” about the quest to find out what happened to a 1970s singer named Rodriguez, won best documentary.

Early into the ceremony, the Internet was ablaze with early reviews for Oscars host Seth MacFarlane.

MacFarlane — and his raunchy sense of humor — was an edgy choice for the Oscars. And some of those fears came true. There was a song about boobs, jokes about Jews in Hollywood, cracks about Lincoln’s assassination and Latino accents, and talk of post-Oscars orgies – lines that had the audience groaning at times.

Let’s just say he’s a longshot for an Emmy for his hosting duties.

However, he did the impossible Sunday night as he kicked off the awards: He made Tommy Lee Jones smile.