Family Guy Creator Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

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Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

Seth Mac­Far­lane will host the 85th Acad­emy Awards, tele­cast pro­duc­ers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Monday.

This will be MacFarlane’s first appear­ance on the Oscars stage. The Acad­emy Awards will be broad­cast live Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24 on ABC.

Mac­Far­lane is the cre­ative force behind the TV series Fam­ily Guy and co-creator of Amer­i­can Dad! and The Cleve­land Show. He has received 13 Emmy nom­i­na­tions and won two for his work on Fam­ily Guy.

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.

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. Last year, he released his debut album, Music Is Bet­ter Than Words, which earned two Grammy nominations.

The Acad­emy Awards will be pre­sented at the Dolby The­atre at Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter. Don Mis­cher will direct the tele­cast for the third con­sec­u­tive time. The Oscar pre­sen­ta­tion also will be tele­vised live in more than 225 coun­tries worldwide.

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