“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” Seth MacFarlane said in a statement Monday morning. “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.”
Eddie Murphy was tapped to host last year, but due to controversial comments made by then producer Brett Ratner, that fun concept was quickly scrapped. The Academy was forced to call on its long-time pinch hitter Billy Crystal who had already hosted the event eight times prior. Crystal is a well respected actor, but the Oscars have clearly been battling a new generation of viewers who prefer the MTV Movie Awards, and other entertaining forms of award giving over the traditional and meaningful Oscar.
In order to combat that specific problem, the Academy has searched for a young enthusiastic host that can connect with a new audience. Seth MacFarlane who created Family Guy (1999-present) and further escalated the adult cartoon genre, now has the opportunity to share his comedic relief on the biggest movie stage on the planet.
MacFarlane is having quite the year with Family Guy still surging, and his movie Ted raking in over $400 million in box-office sales worldwide.
The unique attribute with having a host like MacFarlene is he brings the raunchiness needed for attraction, but at the same time has the voice, posture, and presentation needed for a prestigious event like the Academy Awards.
This gig has his name written all over it, and barring any controversial collapse, MacFarlane will likely reinvent himself to an older generation, while keeping his younger fans interested in an award show that’s synonymously known for taking way too long.
The “85th Annual Academy Awards” airs on ABC February 24th, 2013.