Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards, the Oscars announced today. The show airs on February 24, 2013. MacFarlane is best known as the creator of Family Guy and two other animated series on Fox, American Dad and The Cleveland Show.
“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.”
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” added awards-show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
The 38-year-old, who recently hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, made his first foray into live-action filmmaking this past summer with Ted, in which he voiced a teddy bear that had come to life. The film took in $420 million worldwide.