First 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?