The 2013 Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 24, at 7:30 EST in the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Seth MacFarlane, will serve as the host for the highly anticipated star-studded evening! Hosting The Academy Awards is one of the most high pressured jobs in Entertainment as the second most viewed program behind the SuperBowl with a potential of over 1 billion viewers worldwide.
Seth MacFarlane and his girlfriend Emilia Clarke looking STUNNING at the Golden Globes Party in January…
(photo via JustJared.com)
“The worst thing to happen at the Oscars would be if nothing happened,” MacFarlane told this Sunday’s issue of Parade. “You want something unscripted, something to riff on, something kinda out there.”
There are quite a few people in Hollywood that aren’t very familiar with Seth MacFarlane yet. Seth is a man of many talents an actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director and singer. He is the creator of the extremely poplar television show Family Guy. He is the voice for 3 characters on the show; the father Peter Griffin, the son Stewie, and the dog Brian.
Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan say MacFarlane represents a powerful draw for the masses, especially the younger masses.
“The Oscars have been criticized for seemingly not being relevant,” says Meron, “and that goes to our choice of Seth. He’s a reflection of the current pop culture and completely relevant. We love that.”
Tom O’Neil editor of the Oscar blog Goldderby.com, says the film academy has long looked in vain to find a host who can provide star quality and reach out to a broader demographic — from David Letterman, to Jon Stewart, to Chris Rock (“They were all great comedians, but miscast on the Oscar stage,” says O’Neil) to 2011′s debacle with no-chemistry hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
“That backfired so spectacularly because they were casting for the demographics rather than who is best for the job,” says O’Neil. “That’s what makes this choice compelling. It’s a dangerous choice in more ways than one. We’re handing the Oscar holy torch to the man most people know by his fictitious character Stewie (Family Guy), who is this diabolical character. It’s brilliant and it shows just how courageous the Oscars are. I think he’s going to be one of the great Oscar hosts.”
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