BEVERLY HILLS,CA –Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards®,telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be MacFarlane’s first appearance on Oscar’s stage. The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday,February 24,on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Seth 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 boxoffice 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, MacFarlane has played to sold-out audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall.In 2011 he 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.

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  • Jason

    Well this was unexpected! I like the choice though.

  • cinejab

    is this a joke? oh god.

  • Amanda

    I dont hate the choice but Im not overjoyed with it either. I really just wish they would stop trying to make the Oscars into the mtv movie awards. Who cares if younger viewers dont watch. Not everything needs to appeal to them.

  • Christophe

    This is like the best news of the decade! I can’t believe my eyes!

  • Kevin Klawitter

    As long as he tones down the raunch and the insult comedy, this could well be an excellent show. Good job going with someone unexpected.

  • Nik Grape

    Yeah this is seriously great news.

    MacFarlane’s hosting gigs on the Comedy Central Roasts are outstanding.

  • Aubrey

    i think this is a really good choice. i don’t know if a lot of people realize that he is actually a major movie buff and really into musical theater and stuff. plus, he sings. sure, his humor’s raunchy and all, but i bet you anything he’s going to put a good effort into this for the oscars. i’m excited

  • He’s a talented guy, and should make for a fun host. Still waiting for the day Hugh Jackman hosts again…

  • Matt

    I’m reminded of the late comedian Patrice O’Neal on Seth McFarlane.

    “Every where you go it’s Seth. It’s too much Seth. It’s like he’s jealous of his own cartoon creation.”

  • SeattleMoviegoer

    he’s interesting on Bill Maher, but to host the Oscars? i’d almost prefer Ellen DeGeneres.

  • Yogsss

    Guys, a Best Picture medley with his voice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fT3TvqNNEo Just amazing.

  • Nicky Y.

    Whatever. Just please no syrupy, self-aware jaw-droppingly awful musical numbers, Seth.

  • This is a great choice by the Academy! He’s gonna be great! He is gonna be the new Billy!

  • himynameiscole

    throwing my hat in the “great choice” ring. with his musical ability and voice/comedic acting, this should be a great show. looking forward to the inevitable stewie-centric 2012 movie spoof medley.

  • Pierre de Plume

    I say – why not?

  • Nice, but will he also run the writer’s room? The biggest lesson from the last few Oscar ceremonies has been that it doesn’t matter how funny the host can be (Jon Stewart, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin to name just a couple), if the writers are the same stale hacks, the show will suffer.

  • Paul8148

    I hope he does not hold back on the Oscar campign for Ted. The emmy campign for Family Guy is the funnist stuff I think he ever done.

  • Kholby

    I’m open and ready to be surprised, but my first thought was, “NOOOOOOOO!”

  • unlikely hood

    For some reason, the most shocking part of this announcement for me was “Academy President Hawk Koch.” Hawk Koch? Really? Which other showbiz positions are being held by G.I. Joe characters?

    I’m sure Seth will be fine, but I’m also sure that he won’t do this again. So we’re back to the revolving door of the 00s, where the Oscars are just like reality TV (for many reasons including) where the lead guy feathers his resume a bit and then moves on. Great. I miss continuity.

  • JJ Jones

    I think it’s terrific. I just hope he’s not held back and given some free reign. He was great on SNL.

  • Matt

    Seth MacFarlane just released this video of him telling his dad the big news:

  • Jake G!!!

    hell yeah!!! He is sooo funny and Family Guy is my favorite show. I cant wait.

  • Anthony

    With the James Franco fiasco, and the Billy Crystal damage control thereafter, this is just pure magic… and I’m excited.

  • robert k

    A song and dance man who’s funny with an IMdb-esque knowledge of movies and TV. And he’s good looking too. What’s not to like?

  • thespirithunter

    Re: Amanda

    Much as I’d like to agree and I miss the fact that the Oscars could use a shot of clout, these are the times we live in.

    Television is run by sponsors. There would be no Academy Awards telecast without sponsors. The sponsors will not acquiece to high ad prices if they know the majority of television viewers are not going to tune in. The majority of these viewers fall into the youth category, hence the need to turn this show into the MTV Movie Awards. Coca Cola, Verizon, Geico, will not advertise if they know their audience isn’t watching. If the sponsors pull, then the Oscars will go to a smaller broadcasting company and that will do it for the show. Ad money runs television, just like politics.

  • It’s admirable the Oscars are moving away from the Borscht Belt of hiring long-since-funny hosts that Crystal-ize what’s wrong with the awards. But now comes the hard part for them; have a true showdown between the critic/audience favorites (Hunger Games, Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers) and the arthouse circuit (Master, SLP, Beasts of the Southern Wild) in all categories, even BP. Otherwise, it will be just window-dressing.

  • steve50

    I like the choice – at least it gets us out of the usual cycle of comedians. He’s sharp, easy on the eyes, and no stranger to the ins and outs of the industry. Good call.

  • joe

    Well he had that surprise hit movie Ted this year. His show Family guy is a success and now hes on top of the world hosting the oscars. this is a first but good choice. i’m glad they didn’t go with jimmy fallon which was going on two weeks ago.

  • joe

    Well he had that surprise hit movie Ted this year. His show Family guy is a success and now hes on top of the world hosting the oscars. this is a first but good choice. i’m glad they didn’t go with jimmy fallon which was rumored two weeks ago.

  • joe

    well he had that movie Ted which was a success this summer. his family guy show is a hit on cartoon network and now he’s on top of the world hosting the oscars. Good choice for a first timer.

  • OMG I just heard. This is the best thing that ever happened. 😀 WOOHOO!!! *does the Mypos dance of joy*

  • joe

    OMG, I just heard too. I can’t wait to see what he does on oscar night.

  • joe

    MacFarlane has also done American Dad, the cleveland show and has even hosted Saturday Night live. He’ll be fun and talented. His opening act, well will see what tricks he has up his sleeve.

  • Luke


  • Duck Soup

    He better keep it classy and avoid doing Family Guy voices. I also don’t want to see any of his misogynistic crap during the ceremony. It’s a risky choice. Proceed with caution.

  • Question Mark

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this choice, bordering on actually optimistic. MacFarlane is a GREAT singer so he can more than handle the musical numbers, and his recent SNL stint shows that he has strong comic timing and can perform well in front of a live audience.

  • Amanda


    Personally I would rather it be off the air completely than to turn it into the joke of the mtv awards. I know Im in the minority, but if that is the direction it is going then take it off the air.

  • rufussondheim

    Yeah, he needs to stay off his Family Guy voices, they won’t be funny to anyone but fans of The Family Guy, which is a very small niche of the people who will be in the audience and watching on TV.

    He can be a funny guy, he can probably ad lib his way through the telecast better than the normal writers they use.

    I hope Joseph Gordon Leavitt gets a shot some day. I think he would be dashing! He would be adorable with Anne Hathaway.

  • steve50

    “He would be adorable with Anne Hathaway.”

    He’d be adorable AS Anne Hathaway. He did Willis..a little CGI here and there….

  • John Oliver

    I hope he is just as funny as he was on SNL recently. It’s all about the writers.

  • Dragon

    i like him on SNL two weeks ago! If they can bring a decent team of writers it should be interesting~

  • This is not what i was expecting but i am very happy 😀 can’t wait to see how he does as a host.

  • I rly rly rly rly rly don’t like Seth MacFarlane.

    Shit winners + shit host. Oh well, we’ve had that before anyway.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    First I was like WHAT?

    Then I was like… “damn, that guy is actually funny”.

    And I am speaking on behalf of non-US residents (some 6,5 billion because I know everybody) who have no idea who he even is.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    For the first time (outside Billy Crystal and Steve Martin) in 20 years, I think that the Oscars will be hosted by a genuinely funny person. SETH!

    I am excited.

  • rufussondheim

    I think if you lived in the US you would love John Stewart. It’s virtually impossible not to.

  • Jerry

    Best news from the Academy in years. 😀 Yippeee Seth!

  • Tero Heikkinen

    I watch American satire all the time (especially political). Jon is funny – most of the time. At the Oscars not so much. Unfortunately comedy was very forced for him.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Seth will be hosting the Oscars in 2027 (his 7th time) I think.

  • Unlikely hood

    7 times in 15 years Tero? I’m going with a lower number – once in 15 years.

  • Nope. You’re both wrong. 15 times in 15 years…

    Unless, he’s so good that they decide to have more shows each year just so he can host them. 😛

  • Tero Heikkinen

    I was comparing him to Billy Crystal. And maybe I was too pessimistic. Maybe Antoinette is more correct. Anyway, Unlikely hood – you are dead wrong.

  • James

    I know I can Google his name up, and I’ll do that in a minute, but seriously, who the hell is this guy!!!???

  • steve50

    I think MacFarlane will be the best, most talked about host since Jackman.

    Don’t bother Googling, James – just watching the clips posted yesterday in the second article will give you a good summary.

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