Unlike previous Oscars, where Seacrest had an elevated platform, he was far less conspicuous this year, joining the rest of the press on the red carpet as many A-list stars didn't even stop to talk to him. "E!’s decision to move forward with Seacrest as the red-carpet host was a poor one, and not only because it made the pre-show a drag," says Christina Cauterucci. "Seacrest’s presence cast a fog over the whole program, undercutting every segment with a reminder of the ways capitalism uses sex and sexism to grease its machinery."
TOPICS: Ryan Seacrest, E!, E! Live from the Red Carpet, Taraji P. Henson, Award Shows, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up