A couple of weeks ago we watched comedian/writer Seth MacFarlane host the 38th season premiere of Saturday Night Live and today we learn that he will be hosting the 85th Academy Awards next February. Clearly someone at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was impressed with what they saw on SNL earlier this month (or maybe they just really loved the movie Ted) because MacFarlane‘s casting seems to have come from out of the blue (ie. he’s not a name we usually hear when discussions about who will host the Oscars begin). Click below to learn all the reported deets of Seth‘s latest and greatest hosting gig.
“Family Guy” creator and voice Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Oscar telecast in February, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced Monday morning. MacFarlane, a huge success in television for the last decade with his animated series “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show,” made his mark this summer at the box office with his raunchy, R-rated comedy hit “Ted,” which earned $218 million domestically. An accomplished singer, who released his first big-band album, “Music Is Better Than Words,” last year, MacFarlane has hosted his fair share of live events, including, most recently, the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” “It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” said MacFarlane in a statement. “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.” The Oscars are by far MacFarlane’s most prestigious hosting gig, though he presented at this year’s Emmys and hosted the 2010 Writer’s Guild awards. His more downmarket efforts do, in fact, include Comedy Central’s roasts for Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and David Hasselhoff. “We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars,” said the telecast’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh.” The Oscars will be telecast on ABC on Feb. 24.
While it remains to be seen if MacFarlane is up to the task of hosting the Academy Awards, it seems very clear to me that the Academy is taking a big risk here … and maybe it’s a risk that the Oscars telecast DESPERATELY needs. I’m all for having more unconventional people host the Academy Awards but I, personally, don’t always find Seth MacFarlane to be a very funny host. He can write some funny stuff, yes, so he has that going for him. And while MacFarlane wouldn’t be my #1 choice for Oscar host, I can appreciate that the Academy is trying something new this year. What do you think? Do you believe Seth MacFarlane will make a great Oscar host? Does this announcement make you more likely to watch the Oscars telecast next year?