After getting the likes of Hugh Jackman, James Franco, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, and Billy Crystal to put Oscar viewers to sleep in recent years, it looks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is finally getting bolder. Family Guy creator and Ted director Seth MacFarlane has officially been announced as the host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
In a statement, 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.”
This is easily the most exciting Oscar host selection in many a blue moon and it’s actually quite hard to believe. MacFarlane is no doubt one funny man and he will likely ruffle some feathers come Oscar night. However, very few people would actually recognize him since he almost never steps in front of the camera.
At any rate, I can definitely get behind this guy. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be televised on February 24, 2013. Here is MacFarlane’s video response to the news: