Well, that should bring the Oscars some younger eyes.
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars on Feb. 24, thewrap.com reported Monday. MacFarlane also wrote, directed and voiced the title character of one of the year’s big hits “Ted” and proved himself a relatively good sport while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in September.
The best thing about this choice is that MacFarlane’s actually a performer, comfortable in this setting. He hosted last year’s roast of Charlie Sheen and knows how to work a crowd (as both a comic and a singer), which is something that obviously wasn’t the case when James Franco and Anne Hathaway bombed as hosts of the 2011 Oscars. While Billy Crystal was once a slam-dunk, the show earlier this year proved without a doubt just how bored everyone is with the same old thing when it comes to awards shows that seem to be growing less and less legitimate from year to year. (Jonah Hill nominated for best supporting actor in “Moneyball” over Albert Brooks in “Drive”? “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” in the best picture race over absolutely anything else?)
As any “Family Guy” or “Ted” viewer knows, allowing MacFarlane to write the Oscar telecast could result in a show that heavily favors total randomness, jokes at the expense of people who are gay or overweight and little interest in developing female characters. As host, though, with someone else guiding what he says? MacFarlane’s a natural.