Seth MacFarlane, the man--not to mention the voices--behind the animated TV show "Family Guy" and the film "Ted," will be hosting the 85th annual Academy Awards, it was announced Monday. The Oscars will be held Feb. 24.
It’s a bold and unexpected move, especially since he has never hosted another awards show, although MacFarlane proved himself more than capable on live TV with a recent Saturday Night Live hosting gig, which in retrospect would seem to be a major part of this Academy Awards audition.
He’s also been Master of Ceremonies at one other slightly less prestigious event …
“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” MacFarlane said in a statement. “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.”
If MacFarlane's stint hosting the season opener of "Saturday Night Live" last month is any indication, viewers can expect to hear voices -- lots and lots of his signature television and film voices. Like the ones he unleashed during the "SNL" monologue:
Hopefully MacFarlane goes to the Oscars rehearsal and avoids a repeat of what happened at the Emmys this year:
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