Seth MacFarlane, creator of controversial cartoon show Family Guy and writer/director of hit summer blockbuster Ted has been confirmed as host for the 2013 Oscars. The decision was most likely influenced by MacFarlane’s suave performance onstage at last month’s Emmys, where he accidentally spoke into the wrong microphone before winning over the audience with a rendition of Stewie Griffin, one of the many Family Guy characters voiced by the talented comedian.
MacFarlane is something of a Renaissance man; his many and varied occupations have included voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director, and singer. He has performed at the BBC Proms, and even released a studio album, Music is Better than Words. He is also an experienced presenter, doing time on Saturday Night Live, and taking on the responsibilities of Roast Master at the Comedy Central Roasts of Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen.
On being invited to host to host the 85th Academy Awards, MacFarlane has 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.”
Half an hour after the decision was made known, MacFarlane posted a video on Twitter of him breaking the good news to his father (who has also appeared in Family Guy in the past), with amusing, swimsuit-related consequences.
Although Macfarlane has some pretty big shoes to fill (those of Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Jon Stewart to name but a few) it is generally agreed that the academy has made a good decision in inviting him to host, one that will possibly boost dwindling viewing figures. If nothing else, MacFarlane’s opening musical number will certainly be something to see.