Ladies and gentlemen, this seems to be the year of Seth MacFarlane! Hot off the heels of directing his first box office hit (TED) and getting his first live-action comedy series picked up by Fox, the man of 1,000 voices has now been announced as the host of this year’s Oscars!
The Academy issued an official announcement today, praising the comedy star:
Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards®, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be MacFarlane’s first appearance on Oscar’s stage. The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 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, MacFarlane has played to sold-out audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2011 he 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.”
And if that isn’t enough for you, you have to check out MacFarlane’s own official video announcement below, which showcases an absolutely glorious conversation with his father! (I think we know where the comedy chops come from!)
While MacFarlane isn’t the normal pick, his knack for voices and incredible comedic timing is definitely a welcome change over the usual conservative choices (ie Billy Crystal or Steve Martin). As long as he keeps his style in the foreground, and doesn’t go the way of Anne Hathaway and James Franco (Franco was incredibly awkward), I think we’re good.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards is set to air on Sunday, February 24, 2013.