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Seth MacFarlane gets backlash for Hitler joke at Oscar nominations

After Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the Oscar nominations Thursday morning, many took to Twitter to weigh in on MacFarlane, who cracked jokes during the event giving viewers a preview of what the awards show could be like.

Unfortunately for the "Family Guy" and "Ted" creator, people were not pleased, particularly with a joke he made about Best Picture contender "Amour."


"I read 'Amour' was co-produced by Austria and Germany," MacFarlane remarked to Stone. "The last time Austria and Germany co-produced something it was Hilter, but this was much better."

After he was greeted, later in the day, to lots of backlash on Twitter he decided to make a comment of his own on the social media site.

For some it wasn't just the Hilter joke, but all of his jokes that fell flat.

Jessie David Fox wrote on New York magazine's blog Vulture about MacFarlane's attack on screenwriters who wrote adaptations.

"Diminishing an entire Hollywood profession doesn't work with the award show's earnestness, and it's also a pretty big boulder to throw at an event that exists to extol the genius of these very professions," he wrote.

Forrest Wickman wrote on Slate , "MacFarlane did not make a good first impression. In the less than 10 minutes it took to announce the nominees, MacFarlane managed to insult his co-presenter, belittle the achievements of several nominees, and make a Hitler joke."

The 85th annual Academy Awards are on Feb. 24 in Hollywood, Calif.

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