Seth McFarlane to Host 85th Oscars on Sunday, February 24, 2013

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October 1st, 2012

via press release:




Seth MacFarlane will host “The 85th Annual Academy Awards®,” telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be MacFarlane’s first appearance on Oscar’s stage. “The 85th Annual Academy Awards” will be broadcast live on Oscar® SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013 on the ABC Television Network.


“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.


MacFarlane is the creative force behind the television series “Family Guy” and co-creator of “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show.” In September he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, for the show’s 38th season premiere. An accomplished live performer, he has played to sold-out audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2011 MacFarlane released his debut album, “Music Is Better than Words,” which earned two Grammy® nominations. He also has earned 13 Emmy® nominations and won two for his work on “Family Guy.”


Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, 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.

  • Jeff R.

    IMO, a very good choice!

  • richard

    here come a million 80s references ;)

  • richard

    he has one show that used to be decent. but american dad and cleveland show are just terrible. and family guy has been unwatchable for years. and even when it was decent, it wasnt amazing.

  • James Romano

    this is only because of ted. same reason he hosted snl (terrible show) a few weeks back

  • Nick

    …Guess I’m not watching. I hate his shows.

  • MoHasanie

    I think this is a good choice. He’ll be quite funny and appeal to a younger audience… although, I’m not sure how older people will feel about him hosting it.

  • Ben

    Why didn’t they go with the obvious choice–Neil Patrick Harris? He has been a great host of many awards programs and I am sure a lot of people would have loved to have seen him host the Academy Awards. Is it because ABC doesn’t like How I Met Your Mother (CBS) and they feel that Seth McFarlane’s animated shows on Fox are not as big a threat to their network. Is this another attempt to reach out to a younger demo audience (similar to the Anne Hathaway/James Franco disaster)? The Academy Awards are Not going to reach a younger audience when almost all of the movies that win the Best Picture award are serious human drama films released late in the year so they are fresh in the memory of Academy voters and so they can use their Best Picture statue to cash in at the box office.

  • Tom

    He was pretty charming at The Emmys.

    He was incompetent otherwise.

    As a stealth “Let’s get youth to watch” strategy, I suppose it is worth a try.

  • JJ

    I don’t think it’s reach out to a younger audience
    but his comedian side
    like Jon Stewart, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin

  • JJ

    if you watch him host comedycentral’s Roast of Charlie Sheen, Roast of Donald Trump, Roast of David Hasselhoff
    he was so funny

  • Charlie Sheen

    Good choice but I’m still not watching. Watching Ted would be a much better option that night.

  • Networkman

    I thought Seth would be the perfect host for The Emmys. He was great as a presenter. He brings a vibrant energy to the stage. I love that he is able to do many voices and will be able to ad lib. He is great live. I thought he was strong on SNL. So if The Oscars were not able to get Eddie Murphy then I say Seth McFarlane should be just what is needed to breathe new life to this award show.

  • Dave

    Geez, talk about wanting to attract the younger demographic.

  • Chris L

    You think THAT’S bad?…

  • Feedback


    They should add “Best Action Film”, “Best Comedy Film”, “Best Horror Film” and “Best Romance Film” categories. I know it doesn’t make much practical sense, to give out a bunch of awards and call each winner the “best”, but it would totally lift the ratings. Cabin in the Woods fans will watch to see it win Best Horror, while Looper fans will watch to see it win Best Action.

  • BG Mann

    I am going to call it now….worst ratings in Oscar history…

  • Anon

    This choice will alienate as many people as it attracts.

  • iMac

    NOPE – he’s not funny – just look at him at the Emmys – dumbass didn’t know where the mike was…

  • Tony

    Excellent choice.

  • Ben

    @Feedback; there have been a great of highly critically praised movies that were comedies, science fiction movies, fantasy movies and/or animated films that were ignored by the Academy Awards for Best Picture because they were not the type of movies that the Academy loves to award. The person who’s producing the show has admitted (at Entertainment Weekly) that Academy Awards tend to ignore comedies. Even Jack Valenti admitted the Academy Awards tend to give the Best Picture award to the serious human drama released late in the year so it’s fresh in the memory of the voters. Award winners such as The Greatest Show on Earth and Around the World in 80 Days have not stood the test of time. Last year (2011), they all but said that The King’s Speech had won the award (Before Steven Spielberg opened up the envelope) by having Colin Firth read the speech while scenes from all 10 nominees were shown. They would not have done that if there was a chance of another movie (such as The Social Network) winning the award. They expanded the number of movies nominated from 5 to up to 10 films a few years ago (after Wall-E and The Dark Knight Rises were snubbed for Best Picture nomination), but the type of movie that gets nominated and wins the statue has stayed the same.

    They should give an awards to Stunt men, Stunt women and Stunt teams; but, they refuse to do so. The Emmys give awards to stunt people, but, the Academy Awards refuse to do so.

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