#4: Seth MacFarlane’s John Wilkes Booth joke
Not because it was tasteless, but because it was so obvious. MacFarlane, who unleashed a violent stream of duds all night long, said that the only other person besides Daniel Day-Lewis to get into Abraham Lincoln’s head was Booth. Funny? You might think. But it’s such an easy joke, I’m ashamed at MacFarlane for evening attempting it. This bad joke barely edged out the vile barbs he aimed at Rihanna and Chris Brown or George Clooney eventually dating 9-year-old Quevenzhane Wallis. Again, these offensive jokes probably should have been funny, but the delivery and the dated feel of the targets just added to the pile of Oscar gags that whiffed.

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