Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Annual Academy Awards. If this news hadn’t been sent out in a press release, I would have trouble believing it. In recent years, it looked like the Academy had moved away from hosts that would do anything more than playfully poke fun at the ceremony or the stars. They wanted a celebration of themselves, and by hiring screen actors like Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, and Billy Crystal, they got their entertainment (for viewers at home, it’s been a mixed bag). MacFarlane is more of a return to the Jon Stewart and Chris Rock mold except MacFarlane can be so much harsher. If the producers let MacFarlane deliver the kind of jokes he does on Family Guy, you’re going to hear a pin drop at the theater. But for the rest of us, we should be in for an entertaining broadcast.
Hit the jump for the press release. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be held February 24, 2013.
SETH MACFARLANE TO HOST 85TH OSCARS®,
AIRING LIVE ON ABC, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
Seth MacFarlane will host “The 85th Annual Academy Awards®,” telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be MacFarlane’s first appearance on Oscar’s stage. “The 85th Annual Academy Awards” will be broadcast live on Oscar® SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013 on the ABC Television Network.
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” said Zadan and Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” said MacFarlane. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast.”
“Seth is unbelievably talented,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “We couldn’t be happier with the creative team we’ve assembled. With Craig, Neil and now Seth, we’re off to a great start.”
MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut this summer with the box office success “Ted.” He also co-wrote and produced the film, and voiced the title character. “Ted” has brought in over $420 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of the year.
MacFarlane is the creative force behind the television series “Family Guy” and co-creator of “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show.” In September he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, for the show’s 38th season premiere. An accomplished live performer, he has played to sold-out audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2011 MacFarlane released his debut album, “Music Is Better than Words,” which earned two Grammy® nominations. He also has earned 13 Emmy® nominations and won two for his work on “Family Guy.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Don Mischer will direct the telecast for the third consecutive time. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.