In Zero Dark Thirty, Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain plays a young CIA officer who has spent her whole career focused on intelligence related to Osama bin Laden. Women—they just can’t let things go, am I right?
That was 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s take on it, anyway. When it came time to introduce the Best Picture nominated movie, he mentions that Chastain’s character tracked Bin Laden fo 12 years. But while one might see this as evidence of perseverance, focus, ambition—any of those traits male characters are allowed—Chastain is a female, which makes her character’s pursuits a triumph for a “woman’s innate ability to never let anything go.” Zing!
Earlier in the evening, MacFarlane charmingly compared “Django Unchained” to Rihanna and Chris Brown’s relationship.
“This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who’s been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.”