Recognize this guy? Maybe this will give you a clue. “It seems today that all you see, is violence in movies and sex on TV –but where are those good old-fashioned values.”
Sounds familiar right? Yes you guessed it. It’s Seth MacFarlane, creator of the popular sit-com Family Guy. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has announced the cripplingly animated comedian is set to host the 85th Oscars telecast in February. MacFarlane secured his voice and comedic standing in television through sit-coms Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. With a decade of accomplishments and his directorial debut with the summer smash “Ted” which earned 218 million in the box office, there is much to salute.
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars,” said the telecast’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh.”
Forbes‘ 74th ranked celebrity, MacFarlane will be boarding his first respectable gig. It is quite a far-fetched idea to bring on a bold personality, yet considerably clever to feed the ratings. The younger host may in fact be the water to the drought of feeble scores through the previous years of hosting. George Clooney, academy member since 2006, revealed at last year’s event that he hoped the organization would become more diverse.
“That’d be a good idea, don’t you think,” he said. “I think it represents almost every — directors in Hollywood, as well. It represents not just Hollywood. You can look at the Senate and it’s roughly the same thing. I don’t think to diversify is ever a bad idea.”
Diversity now stands in the hands of MacFarlane, who said after receiving the news, “I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors and I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast.”