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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host the 85th Academy Awards

Oct. 1, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Well, it looks like the Oscars are going in a new direction next year as Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and TED, has been tapped to host the 85th Academy Awards.  MacFarlane brings considerable comedic charm to the awards show, which will be telcast in February 2013.  I've found that MacFarlane can be love/hate amongst fans, but I think he's an inspired choice that could potentially give the usually snooze-inducing Hollywood handjob a bit of life. 

Here's the official announcement from the Academy:

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.”

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Well...let's hear it...
Source: Deadline

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4:46AM on 10/02/2012
Without going into my opinions on Family Guy, I will say that Seth MacFarlane has always been good to watch live while doing his own thing. I think that this could be good news.
Without going into my opinions on Family Guy, I will say that Seth MacFarlane has always been good to watch live while doing his own thing. I think that this could be good news.
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4:35PM on 10/01/2012

"...His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh."

Ummm...to that i say "Bullshit!" The last time everyone checked, all you Acadamy big-wigs have been so tight-ass & high-strung...it's likely most of Seth's comedic elements as host will be MASSIVELY toned down just to appease all the prudish members who can't take a joke.

I say fuck it...do what you want to Seth! Make this Oscar telecast memorable!
Ummm...to that i say "Bullshit!" The last time everyone checked, all you Acadamy big-wigs have been so tight-ass & high-strung...it's likely most of Seth's comedic elements as host will be MASSIVELY toned down just to appease all the prudish members who can't take a joke.

I say fuck it...do what you want to Seth! Make this Oscar telecast memorable!
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8:16PM on 10/01/2012
I'm expecting plenty of Family Guy impersonations and celebrity roasts during Seth's hosting. But thank goodness they've kept Anne Hathaway and James Franco away, they were possibly the worst hosts I've seen on any award show.
I'm expecting plenty of Family Guy impersonations and celebrity roasts during Seth's hosting. But thank goodness they've kept Anne Hathaway and James Franco away, they were possibly the worst hosts I've seen on any award show.
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4:37PM on 10/01/2012

Fine by me.

The only issue i have with this, is when ever McFarlane does a public appearance, he always does a family guy voice (or 5). sometimes it looks like he's only doing it because that what he thinks the audience wants. He's very funny doing his own thing and can be smart and crude at the same time. But i'm betting Stewie and Peter will make an appearance within the first 5 minutes of broadcast just to get it out of the way.

If i wanted his character voices, i'd watch his cartoons. Its cool when
The only issue i have with this, is when ever McFarlane does a public appearance, he always does a family guy voice (or 5). sometimes it looks like he's only doing it because that what he thinks the audience wants. He's very funny doing his own thing and can be smart and crude at the same time. But i'm betting Stewie and Peter will make an appearance within the first 5 minutes of broadcast just to get it out of the way.

If i wanted his character voices, i'd watch his cartoons. Its cool when you see the real actor doing a famous voice and your like "thats where that comes from" but in his case its more like "we get it, you can do a good Peter impression, get to the jokes"
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9:47AM on 10/02/2012

Meh.

The censors are going to have a field day when its all over.
The censors are going to have a field day when its all over.
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2:42AM on 10/02/2012
So how many showtunes do you think he's going to sing?
So how many showtunes do you think he's going to sing?
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5:11PM on 10/01/2012

GOOD FOR YOU, IRISH

Make that train wreck, worthless ceremony funny and maybe even relevant again! Def make some jokes about how much those nominations cost.
Make that train wreck, worthless ceremony funny and maybe even relevant again! Def make some jokes about how much those nominations cost.
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3:10PM on 10/01/2012
I have no problems with him, it's just this news doesn't make me go "Nice!"... it makes me go "Oh, eh".

I think he is on the verge of over exposure, it is fine that he has all these shows on TV, and Ted was hilarious, it is just you know.. eh!

So the first 10 minutes of the awards will be Stewie having a convo with Quagmire talking to Peter.
I have no problems with him, it's just this news doesn't make me go "Nice!"... it makes me go "Oh, eh".

I think he is on the verge of over exposure, it is fine that he has all these shows on TV, and Ted was hilarious, it is just you know.. eh!

So the first 10 minutes of the awards will be Stewie having a convo with Quagmire talking to Peter.
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1:05PM on 10/01/2012
I actually think this is pretty brilliant. MacFarlane isn't great at everything, but as the Comedy Central Roasts show, he's very comfortable hosting and will actually bring something new to the table for the Oscars. This will (hopefully) be the first time in years I tune in for more than just the awards.
I actually think this is pretty brilliant. MacFarlane isn't great at everything, but as the Comedy Central Roasts show, he's very comfortable hosting and will actually bring something new to the table for the Oscars. This will (hopefully) be the first time in years I tune in for more than just the awards.
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9:38PM on 10/01/2012

Perfect

He has that charisma and humor blend that is rare in hosts now a days. He was an outstanding roast master!
He has that charisma and humor blend that is rare in hosts now a days. He was an outstanding roast master!
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4:04PM on 10/01/2012
I really wanted to stop watching the Oscars, but I think this is actually a good choice. Edgy enough for younger viewers, but if anyone watched SNL recently, saw him as a song and dance man as well, so a nice mix for older/younger viewers.
I really wanted to stop watching the Oscars, but I think this is actually a good choice. Edgy enough for younger viewers, but if anyone watched SNL recently, saw him as a song and dance man as well, so a nice mix for older/younger viewers.
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12:23PM on 10/03/2012
He was one of the few funny things, and I do mean few, at the Emmys so bring it on!
He was one of the few funny things, and I do mean few, at the Emmys so bring it on!
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11:34AM on 10/02/2012

So I guess the rumors are not true

...and this year's Academy Awards will not be hosted by hologram Tupac.
...and this year's Academy Awards will not be hosted by hologram Tupac.
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2:42AM on 10/02/2012
I'm not a giant fan of Seth McFarlane, but I am a faithful Oscars viewer, and have to admit that he probably will bring something new and fun to the table - let's hope he doesn't get too carried away though.
I'm not a giant fan of Seth McFarlane, but I am a faithful Oscars viewer, and have to admit that he probably will bring something new and fun to the table - let's hope he doesn't get too carried away though.
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7:10PM on 10/01/2012
I like that each year for the Academy Award show their lists of hosts are very varied. Looking forward to see what Mr. Macfarlane can do for Oscar show.
I like that each year for the Academy Award show their lists of hosts are very varied. Looking forward to see what Mr. Macfarlane can do for Oscar show.
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1:12PM on 10/01/2012

Awesome pick...

He's definitely quick and raunchy and anybody who has watched him as a Celebrity Roastmaster knows he's just what the Oscars need. We'll see if he can top holographic dead Bob Hope.
He's definitely quick and raunchy and anybody who has watched him as a Celebrity Roastmaster knows he's just what the Oscars need. We'll see if he can top holographic dead Bob Hope.
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3:54PM on 10/01/2012

I'm down.

Well, I have been a devoted Family Guy fan, even if it isn't "cool" anymore, or if the episodes aren't top notch. MacFarlane is a multi-talented guy, and has proven it time and time again. Things have been so bad with hosts over the past few years that I think this will be refreshing.
Well, I have been a devoted Family Guy fan, even if it isn't "cool" anymore, or if the episodes aren't top notch. MacFarlane is a multi-talented guy, and has proven it time and time again. Things have been so bad with hosts over the past few years that I think this will be refreshing.
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1:36PM on 10/01/2012
He's great, can't wait to see how he does. I support McFarlane. I think he's talented.
He's great, can't wait to see how he does. I support McFarlane. I think he's talented.
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1:20PM on 10/01/2012
I like that each year for the Academy Award show their lists of hosts are very varied. Looking forward to see what Mr. Macfarlane can do for Oscar show.
I like that each year for the Academy Award show their lists of hosts are very varied. Looking forward to see what Mr. Macfarlane can do for Oscar show.
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8:35PM on 10/01/2012
I like Seth and I look forward to seeing him host the Oscars, but I'm even more amused by how big a deal people make out of selecting the host. When you boil it down, the Oscars show is a one-night only stage production that no one generally remembers a month after it happens (except for the over-the-top weird or funny moments, but even those can be fleeting). The host has nothing to do with who wins the statues, so by and large it doesn't really matter who hosts, or that there even is a
I like Seth and I look forward to seeing him host the Oscars, but I'm even more amused by how big a deal people make out of selecting the host. When you boil it down, the Oscars show is a one-night only stage production that no one generally remembers a month after it happens (except for the over-the-top weird or funny moments, but even those can be fleeting). The host has nothing to do with who wins the statues, so by and large it doesn't really matter who hosts, or that there even is a host. The most they do is tell a few jokes in-between introducing presenters. But I have seen (and you probably have to) some folks make such a big deal out of whomever the host is, as if that person is being chosen to defend the human race against an alien invasion. I just don't get the need to nitpick the choice (or choices) that some people do, and endlessly mull over every little detail to determine if they are perfect or not. It's one night, it will come and go. And after it's gone, no one will care.
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2:00PM on 10/01/2012
This is great news, hopefully they won't censor him too much.
This is great news, hopefully they won't censor him too much.
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11:53PM on 10/01/2012
Who watches The Oscars? Oh yeah, I think they realized no one cares about this as much as people used to, so they brought in someone that might boost their ratings for the night.
Who watches The Oscars? Oh yeah, I think they realized no one cares about this as much as people used to, so they brought in someone that might boost their ratings for the night.
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2:41AM on 10/02/2012
It's still one of the most watched telecasts of the year, so what the hell are you talking about?
It's still one of the most watched telecasts of the year, so what the hell are you talking about?
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2:18PM on 10/01/2012

Nice

There are gonna be some great musical numbers.
There are gonna be some great musical numbers.
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3:57PM on 10/01/2012
The only thing I hate about Seth McFarlane/Family Guy/American Dad/everything he does, is he seems perfectly capable of writing good comedy, but when he can't he spews out some of the most offensive shit on earth. And since now he's involved with all of these other projects, most of the jokes are about cancer, 9/11 and people with disabilities. When will we grow? You can say I "just don't get it" but I do, and it's stupid. Other than that, I have faith that he can be funny, so we'll just have
The only thing I hate about Seth McFarlane/Family Guy/American Dad/everything he does, is he seems perfectly capable of writing good comedy, but when he can't he spews out some of the most offensive shit on earth. And since now he's involved with all of these other projects, most of the jokes are about cancer, 9/11 and people with disabilities. When will we grow? You can say I "just don't get it" but I do, and it's stupid. Other than that, I have faith that he can be funny, so we'll just have to see.
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