In what may seem a surprise to many, Seth MacFarlane was named Oscar host today (Oct. 1) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A surprise because he is very well known for TV shows, mainly "Family Guy." However, he does have a movie hit this year, too, in "Ted."
Telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced the move and noted this will be MacFarlane's first appearance on Oscar's stage.
"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.
"Seth is unbelievably talented," said Academy President Hawk Koch,in a release. "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."
Not to mention he can sing and entertain with those musical numbers. One only has to watch a few episodes of "Family Guy" to see that in action.
Seth himself chimed in. "It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," said MacFarlane.
MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut this summer with the box office success "Ted," noted the academy. 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.
But, taking a look a the recent Emmy Awards, was not an indication that he was even in talks with Oscar folk. Or could it. He came out to present and missed his mark, leaving him to mumble something about missing rehearsals.
"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," quipped MacFarlane.
Folks, the right host might have been found.
The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, Feb. 24, on the ABC Television Network.