Watch: William Shatner Beams Into Oscars As Capt. Kirk

The Academy Awards were held tonight in Hollywood and the opening     of the show, hosted by big Star Trek fan Seth MacFarlane, featured William Shatner reprising his role as Captain Kirk. Watch how Kirk traveled through time to help Seth below.  



Capt. Kirk saves the Oscars

On tonight’s telecast of the Academy Awards William Shatner returned to his Star Trek role for a special appearance. Shatner appeared ‘on screen’ as Kirk during Seth MacFarlane’s opening bit. The notion was Kirk had traveled through time to save MacFarlane from the mistakes he was about to make including doing a song called "We saw your boobs." Watch the entire opening below (via Mediaite).


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February 24, 2013 9:13 pm

This was pretty awesome to see him in the uniform once more.

February 24, 2013 9:14 pm


Copper Based Blood
February 24, 2013 9:15 pm


Shatner is Kirk!!!

February 24, 2013 9:15 pm

HA! Love Shatner! Best captain in Star Trek. Period.

February 24, 2013 9:18 pm

Cool! Also ealier this evening, when Seth McFarlane introduced “Star Trek Into Darkness” co-stars Chris Pine and Zoe Salanda to present the Scientific and Technical Awards, the Oscar Orchestra and conductor William Ross (who co-orchestrated Dennis McCarthy’s score to 1994’s “Star Trek: Generations”) performed Jerry Goldsmith’s march theme from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” Fascinating, eh?

February 24, 2013 9:18 pm

Like a boss. Damn I love William Shatner.

February 24, 2013 9:19 pm

too bad they didn’t have spock too. That was good, everyone loves Shat. Was surprised to see no STID trailer…

wouldn’t this be a good time to remind people?

February 24, 2013 9:20 pm

What an incredible surprise. I’m lucky enough to be a McFarlane fan, so I thought the whole show was pretty entertaining, but that opening, though – just to see “my” Kirk (maybe one last time!) was really special.

C Miles
February 24, 2013 9:20 pm


Six Degrees of Trek at Oscars tonight

Oh, and having watched the credits.. I noticed they actually credited CBS for providing William Shatner’s costume.

Mark Wood
February 24, 2013 9:22 pm


Films aren’t allowed to buy commercial time during the Oscars.

Aldo F. Rodriguez
February 24, 2013 9:24 pm

Massive Star Trek representation tonight at the Oscars: William Shatner, Chris Pine, Zoë Saldana, Christopher Plummer, Seth McFarlane (thank you, fellow Trekker),…

February 24, 2013 9:25 pm

What a GREAT surprise. I bet it was Seth MacFarlane idea.

Gary S
February 24, 2013 9:25 pm

I NEVER mIssThe Oscars.
I am curious,How many people were watching it ,
And how many people were tweetied about Shatners appearance?

Gary S
February 24, 2013 9:27 pm

“tweetied”, I meant tweeted of course.

February 24, 2013 9:29 pm

That was almost as good as the DirecTV commercial a few years back. What a thrill to see Shatner, in a pretty good uniform, on a decent presentation of the ‘A’. They did their homework.

Yet another reason I enjoy Seth and his work. Awesome!

Red Dead Ryan
February 24, 2013 9:30 pm


Perhaps the academy should allow trailers for upcoming films.

With hundreds of millions of people watching the Oscars live around the world, “Star Trek Into Darkness” would have gotten a huge publicity and marketing boost.

Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Jason S.
February 24, 2013 9:30 pm

Shatner IS Captain Kirk, end of story! Man I wish he’d do more Star Trek!

February 24, 2013 9:30 pm

It’s good to see William Shatner reprising his role as the Captain Kirk of the prime universe. He can still pull it off and JJ Abrams should have used him in the reboot Star Trek movies. I’d love to see Shatner’s Kirk meet Chris Pine’s Kirk.

February 24, 2013 9:33 pm

Comedy chops. Very funny!

Duane Boda
February 24, 2013 9:33 pm

Am I being too critical in saying Mr. Shatner’s

dental work needed some overdue attention?

Boy…he’s milking the Kirk character for every

last nickel and dime he can get – a bit sad.

February 24, 2013 9:36 pm

Mark Wood,
there were 3 movies that had commercials durring the show.
Oz, Jack the giant slayer, and The Heat.

Hat Rick
February 24, 2013 9:38 pm

Shatner’s still got it.

Best. Oscars. Ever.

February 24, 2013 9:38 pm

Loved seeing shatner as kirk one more time.
overall was not impressed with Seth.

Highlights for me were
Shatner as Kirk
Dame Shirley Bassey
and the Les Mis number.

And Kudos for the AMPAS going the extra mile of having Mike Okuda do the bridge graphics for the Shatner footage.

February 24, 2013 9:41 pm

The music should have been Enterprising Young Man and the skit should have had Pine instead of Shatner in it.

Curious Cadet
February 24, 2013 9:44 pm

@9. C Miles,
“I noticed they actually credited CBS for providing William Shatner’s costume.”

Geez. The least CBS could have done was cleaned it first in exchange for that credit. Kirk had some serious ring-around-the-collar … I was actually embarrassed for Bill …

February 24, 2013 9:47 pm

Shatner didn’t look bad back in that uniform.

See, like I said. De-age that guy for a “grainy” hologram sequence, and the Shatner scene would’ve worked flawlessly.

Bad call, JJ. Bad call.

February 24, 2013 9:47 pm

Actually for the opening of the Oscars, a buffoon version of Captain Kirk was required. Since Pine at this point in his career can play a real and believable Captain Kirk, I’m glad he didn’t participate. Far better for the Jackie-Gleason-like “tons-of-fun” bombastic Shat to play the Star Trek clown Kirk and let everyone in the world laugh at Star Trek.

February 24, 2013 9:50 pm

“Geez. The least CBS could have done was cleaned it first in exchange for that credit. Kirk had some serious ring-around-the-collar … I was actually embarrassed for Bill.”

Yea, it was a bit uncomfortable to look at.

Herb Finn
February 24, 2013 9:50 pm

Well, Seth finally got to work with Shatner! :)

February 24, 2013 9:51 pm

@ 10
The show is already a four-hour commercial for the industry. Most Americans haven’t seen any of the films nominated. But now some of them will buy and rent them. What have Pine or Saldana ever won? They were there to promote Star Trek. Meanwhile, the network wants to sell ad time to the highest bidders. Why would Hollywood pay millions for ad time to ABC to promote itself on its own show?

Pensive's Wetness
February 24, 2013 9:52 pm

Indeed that was a awesome clip :D

February 24, 2013 9:53 pm

@30. Hmm, pretty much 90% everyone I know has seen Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

February 24, 2013 9:56 pm

I meant @16 Red Dead Ryan. Sorry.

February 24, 2013 9:58 pm

@32. MJ. So you know “most” Americans. Brilliant.

February 24, 2013 10:01 pm

Leave Shatner alone, it was a bit. Zero Dark Thirty was garbage.

February 24, 2013 10:03 pm

@34. Maybe you are trying to be clever or something…not getting your comment. I would mention that those three movies I mentioned made about half a billion dollars combined — that’s a lot of money for movies nominated for academy awards, so yes, a lot of people have seen them, and in my group of the people I hang around with — all of us big time movie goers — most of us have seen at least 2, if not all three of these.

Red Dead Ryan
February 24, 2013 10:03 pm


Paramount paid CBS millions to promote STID during the Super Bowl. Why would it be any different for the Oscars?


He was talking about the people he knew personally, not every American in the country.

Hat Rick
February 24, 2013 10:03 pm

What’s weird is that I haven’t seen any of the films featured in the Oscar’s show. Not even “Skyfall.” I just haven’t been a movie-going mood this past year. I did see the 9-minute STID preview, though, although I was unable to see the movie it was attached to.

I’ve been meaning to see “Lincoln” as well as “Skyfall.” I’m not in a mood to see a quasi-realistic film like “Argo,” which means I probably won’t see it on DVD or Blu-ray anytime soon.

“Life of Pi” seems very interesting, but again, I haven’t seen it.

I’m glad Hollywood has had a good year and probably will see some of these “name” features when I feel more cinematically inclined.

Nevertheless, I am certain I will see STID on the first day of its release. Because, as a card-carrying Star Trek fan, it’s my duty and obligation; but also because I’m a Star Trek nut.

Red Dead Ryan
February 24, 2013 10:08 pm

I have seen “Life of Pi”, “Lincoln”, “Argo”, and “Zero Dark Thirty”. All tremendous films.


“Zero Dark Thirty was garbage.”

Your comment is garbage.

February 24, 2013 10:11 pm

@38. Agree with you on Argo. Lincoln should have won — and one of the things I hate about Hollywood and the Oscars is that awards get given for the wrong reasons:

– Argo beats Lincoln only because the Academy felt bad about Ben Aflleck.

– Ang Lee gets best director only because the academy always wants to put Spielberg in his place (Life of Pi = most overate movie I saw last year).

– Jessican Chastain loses to Jennifer Lawrence because Lawrence is the “flavor of the month” in Hollywood. Chastain is a true professional actress who can play all kinds of roles; Lawrence just plays the same frightened sobbing dramatic part over and over in her movies.

February 24, 2013 10:13 pm

@35 “Zero Dark Thirty was garbage.”

What a moronic statement.

February 24, 2013 10:15 pm

Only Shatner could both be Kirk and have fun with the character of Kirk like that. Hats off to McFarlane and Shatner. They both seemed to be having fun, and it showed. (And #20: I doubt nickels and dimes had anything to do with this.) Terrific job.

Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire
February 24, 2013 10:15 pm

Shatner was Fantastic as Captian Kirk. Was great seeing him back in uniform.
I saw Lincoln and it was a fantastic movie. Mr lewis Truly deserved it. The Other’s I have not seen. But Argo is something I am interested in seeing.

Red Dead Ryan
February 24, 2013 10:19 pm


I thought “Argo” was a deserving winner. But I wouldn’t have had a problem seeing “Lincoln” win it, either.

I thought “Life of Pi” was great, though I agree that Steven Spielberg should have won. It came down to politics/political correctness.

Jessica Chastain was the star of “Zero Dark Thirty”. A great actress. She’ll be nominated again in the future, I am sure.

February 24, 2013 10:23 pm

@32 MJ.
Since objective facts and data seem to elude you, here are some box office numbers:

Argo: $129 million domestically in 4 months.
Lincoln: $178 million domestically in 3 months.
Zero Dark Thirty: $91 million domestically in 2 months.

At an average movie ticket price of $8, Lincoln has sold approximately 22.5 million tickets. The U.S. population is 313 million.

February 24, 2013 10:23 pm

@43. Lewis’s portrayal of Lincoln I think may be the finest acting I have ever seen in any movie of all time. Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia and Al Pacino in The Godfather are the only comparisons I can come up with.

February 24, 2013 10:25 pm

If you want to get all weepy and patriotic about this fictional propaganda film, go ahead. “Zero” is one of those movies that relies on the ignorance of people still hypnotized by 9/11 malarkey. Oh yeah, so true and accurate. Mmmmm America! Yay! We gots Osama! Wake up.

February 24, 2013 10:25 pm

@45. That has got to be the dumbest post of all time. Of course, if you are talking about as a percentage of total population, then even most Americans did not see Avengers and Dark Knight Rises last year. So? Congrats on your technical point…LOL

Hat Rick
February 24, 2013 10:28 pm

I liked Ang Lee’s “Hulk” movie even though it wasn’t a success. I thought, for example, that Eric “Nero” Bana did a great job in that movie. For that reason, I’m happy Lee won Best Director in part as vindication, as I thought his “Hulk” movie was under-rated

The other recent “Hulk” movie didn’t speak to me and made such a minor impression on me that I can’t remember anything about it. By contrast, I can still see scenes — for example, the scenes of the Hulk jumping across the Southwest, and the F-22 scenes — from Lee’s movie quite vividly in my mind.

Red Dead Ryan
February 24, 2013 10:29 pm

Claire Danes put in a performance of a lifetime when she played Temple Grandin in an HBO flick.

Liam Neeson was great a Oscar Schindler.