The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced today that "Family Guy" creator and comedic actor Seth MacFarlane is set to host the 85th Academy Awards on February 4th.
MacFarlane, who has enjoyed a lengthy and successful television career, made his feature film directorial debut with this summer's comedy hit "Ted". The film received a positive critical and audience response and grossed $434,117,000 in worldwide box office sales, inspiring Universal Pictures to move forward with a sequel.
MacFarlane, who presented at this year's Emmy awards and hosted the 2010 Writer's Guild awards as well as Comedy Central's spirited roasts (for Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and David Hasselhoff), is understandably thrilled and honored by the opportunity.
"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," MacFarlane said. "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."
Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron added:
"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."
Having once again demonstrated the depth and breadth of his comedic and musical chops on Saturday Night Live recently, we are anxious to see what MacFarlane will bring to this year's Oscarcast.
The Oscars will be broadcast on ABC on Feb. 24.
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