Seth MacFarlane is Hosting the 2013 Oscars

Seth MacFarlane, Oscar Host, Oscars 2013First Seth MacFarlane conquers adult television animation with his string of successes starting with “Family Guy.” Then he conquers the Box Office with his movie Ted, which is the highest grossing comedy of 2012. Now he is out to bring his antics to the refined tastes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Maron have tapped MacFarlane to host the 85th Academy Awards when they air on Sunday, February 14, 2012 on ABC. The raunchy writer/director/producer extraordinaire will likely bring his brand of hilariously juvenile comedy to the prestigious ceremony.

MacFarlane’s reaction to the invitation, according to a statement posted on Indiewire:

It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars. 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.

Along with the above-mentioned roast, MacFarlane’s previous hosting gigs have also included the WGA West awards and a recent episode of “Saturday Night Live.” He delivered Harvard Class Day’s Commencement Address several years ago and has proven a magnificent ability to add inappropriate humor to even the most solemn occasions.

This feels like a very smart decision for the Academy to make after last year’s decision to have Billy Crystal host set back the Academy’s attempt to lure in younger viewers back a few years. MacFarlane has huge following among high school and college students and his brand of man-boy humor is pretty universal. He should be able to lighten up the often too self-serious Oscar ceremony with some inappropriate jokes and delightful non sequiturs. His propensity for musical numbers makes me hopeful that we will see a show-stopping sarcastic tribute to the movies. I just hope he doesn’t rely too heavily on his Family Guy voices.

What do you think of Seth MacFarlane being chosen to host the Oscars this year?

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  • Jason Tucker

    I didn’t think it was possible, but I now have even less respect for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the producers of its annual ceremony.

    • C’mon, don’t say that yet. Wait to see how undeserving the actual awards recipients are, first.

    • Calvin

      Hear. Hear. I can’t stand him.

  • I actually like him and his show. Though i haven’t seen him host any of these prestigious shows i can’t say anything about him or how good or bad decision that is for the Academy to make him the host. Lets wait and watch!

  • Luiz Angel

    Family Guy is fine.
    Ted was just a Family Guy type movie.

    He humor to me is ok…
    Not great enough to host the Oscars.

    How lame.

  • Am I the only one who thinks ‘Family Guy’ is funny? Random and pointless, yes, but that description fits most television shows. At least the anarchic antics on ‘Family Guy’ make me smile.

    • Luiz Angel

      I like Family Guy…
      but my main argument is that his style of comedy is one dimensional..
      I think after the 1st hour of the Oscars it’ll be just dull.

    • Jason Tucker

      Apparently not, since it won’t go away and Fox keeps giving his projects more time on the air.

    • Jose

      I prefer American Dad, but I agree with what Angel said, he’s very hit or miss for me.

      However, I have faith since I thought Ted was hilarious,

  • I think Seth could potentially do a good job but I’m still getting over Eddy Murphy not being the host, we’ll see.

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