Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tapped Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host the 85th Academy Award ceremony on February 24.

MacFarlane also directed and starred in the comedy hit, Ted, this year, but is something of a surprising choice. It's clearly yet another play by the Academy to draw in a younger demographic, but those attempts have tended to backfire on them, with the generally poorly received performances of hosts Chris Rock and the double team of Anne Hathaway and James Franco. I tend to prefer it when the Oscars embrace old-fashioned glamour rather than modern edginess. I enjoyed Ted, however, so I'll reserve judgement until Oscar night.


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