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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 12:15 pm, October 1, 2012

It was announced this morning that Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane will helm the 85th Annual Academy Awards this February.

Most recently, MacFarlane hosted Saturday Night Live and came off like a true natural. MacFarlane’s opening monologue, made up of impressions, was a resounding success – he seamlessly switched between real and fictional characters:

“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” said MacFarlane in a press release. “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,” added Academy President Hawk Koch. “We couldn’t be happier with the creative team we’ve assembled. With [producers] Craig [Zadan], Neil [Meron], and now Seth, we’re off to a great start.”

Update: Watch MacFarlane’s formal announcement which stars him and his dad – who can only talk about swimsuits.

Interestingly, this is the first time in recent years that the awards’ producers have not selected an easily recognizable face. MacFarlane largely works behind the scenes because of his animated television shows (Family Guy, American Dad), and only voices an animated bear in Ted. We can already imagine how MacFarlane will introduce himself to this entirely new audience using a song and dance.

The Oscars will be held live Sunday, February 24 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ABC. We’ll continue to offer coverage of the awards as we approach the event.

This past year’s Oscars were helmed by Billy Crystal who won over viewers for his down-to-earth charm and prior hosting experience.

  • http://twitter.com/slasher777 Alex

    After Billy Crystal failed last year and James Franco & Anne Hathaway bombed the year before finally the Academy made a good choice.
    Just watch the Comedy Central Roasts that Seth McFarlane Hosted.
    The guy is a genius.

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  • Jen

    ugh, really?!

  • Whitney

    I feel like people either love him or hate him. I definitely love him!

  • MillerT1

    Wow! The Oscars are gonna be awesome next year. I’m sure we’ll see an appearance by Ted.

  • jkredwine

    I don’t know why Ellen hasn’t been asked back. She’s done a great job there before. Or, for that matter, any of the numerous other successful female comedians who have become household names in recent years. There’s a deep bench to pull from.

    Still, I think Seth is a natural choice. He’s a smart and hilarious guy. He can sing. And he appeals to younger audiences. That’s really the biggest draw given the ratings woes of the Academy Awards in recent years. Certainly anything can’t be worse than the awkward debacle that was Anne and James.

  • RussellTurner

    I think Billy Crystal did good, not great, last year. The best host, in my opinion, was Hugh Jackman.. but after watching SNL, i believe Seth will do a great job! I’m excited!

    • morsmordre79

      I agree that Hugh was a fantastic host and I really hope he gets asked to host again soon. However, this year I have a feeling he might be back… as a first-time nominee. :)

      • RussellTurner

        Oh Yeah! Definitely! I can’t wait to see it!

  • Slytherinhero01

    Billy Crystal sucked last year. I already see what their goal is this time: try to gain a wider, younger, audience. They’re hoping MacFarlane can bring some much much needed breath into an awards show that is more boring and dull than watching paint dry (trust me, I’ve had more excitement watching the latter than I’ve ever had watching the Oscars). Hopefully he does a good job and don’t hold back on the good jokes because he’s surrounded by a bunch of old farts.

  • http://twitter.com/jthebanks Jay Banks

    Anyone else think his dad looks like Brian?

  • Louis

    I can’t be more pleased. Hugh Jackman’s hosting was the best I have seen so far. Now Seth will rock the academy.

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