Word is out that the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences is going to announce their pick for host of the 2013 Academy Awards and it’s none other than Seth MacFarlane. Deadline’s Nikki Finke has word from reliable sources that the announcement will take place later today.
“I’ve just learned that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences will announce today that TV’s Seth MacFarlane who masterminded 2012′s huge comedy movie hit Ted will host the Academy Awards. It now looks like MacFarlane’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live‘s premiere for this fall season was a tryout. He did well, especially during his standup where he sang and did voices and looked great and was thoroughly entertaining. Of course during the Emmys he didn’t find his mark and stood on the stage awkwardly when he was a presenter. But, that said, it’s an inspired choice by the Academy to choose this actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director, and singer. He is best known as the creator of Family Guy (1999–present) and as co-creator of American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–present).”
What do you think about that, Saturday Night Live was a tryout? There’s a video below of Seth’s SNL monologue, sorry about the quality, but it’s the only one that doesn’t have some guy making comments through the whole video and I’m too cheap to buy the $1.99 copy from SNL’s YouTube page.
He does some jokes, lots of voices, and sings a little song about the voices in his head. Will his lower brand of humor translate to the Oscars? Picking Seth is a bold move on the part of the Oscars producers. Their obviously trying to tap into a younger market to attract veiwers to what many would call “Your Grandmother’s” type of show.
Let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think in the comments section below.
As I was writing this article the Academy posted the press release below confirming thier selection:
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 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, 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.