MANILA, Philippines - Seth MacFarlane, the brains behind “Family Guy” and the comedy film “Ted,” will host the 85th Academy Awards on Feb 25, 2013.
He is the latest in the line of stars who have been given the honor of hosting the prestigious and glamorous ceremony. The list includes Billy Crystal (who has hosted 5 times), legends such as Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Degeneres, Johnny Carson, and David Letterman.
MacFarlane said, "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.”
No stranger to awards himself—having won 2 Emmys for the animated series, “Family Guy”—MacFarlane was brought in by Oscars organizers to attract a younger audience for the revered awards ceremony.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron quip, “"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. He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
MacFarlane made his directorial debut with the 2012 comedy “Ted,” a film about a 30-something regular Joe (played by Mark Wahlberg) living with his foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, voiced by MacFarlane himself.
The Oscars Youtube channel has just released 6 short promotional videos featuring MacFarlane. Here is one of them:
Oscar fans got a taste of MacFarlane’s hosting style when he announced the Oscar nominations alongside actress Emma Stone.
Watch the nominations announcement here:
Critics had much to say about this preview.
New York Magazine’s Jesse David Fox of Vulture blog writes, “A winking smirk is often a sign of an uncomfortable performer. This morning, SMacs (MacFarlane) incessantly shifted around and moved his head about, seeming very on-edge and a little stiff.”
Forrest Wickman of Slate.com wrote that “In the less than ten minutes to announce the nominees MacFarlane managed to insult his co-presenter, belittle the achievements of several nominees, and make a Hitler joke.”
The live telecast in the Philippines of the 85th Academy Awards will show on February 25 on the Velvet Channel starting at 6 am with the red carpet special. The main ceremony will start at 9:30 am. - Rappler.com
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