The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made the announcement on Monday in a statement saying: “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.”
Never one to take himself – or others – seriously, the 38-year-old added: “It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars.
“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.”
The Academy has had a disappointing run at bringing in TV viewers for the live event that is broadcast worldwide.
Last year Eddie Murphy pulled out just months before the February 2012 event, a day after Tower Heist director Bret Ratner resigned after making homophobic remarks. Billy Crystal stepped into the role at the last minute. The show received mixed reviews.
This time the Academy clearly has high hopes for the show that will be broadcast live on February 24 next year.
In the statement, the Academy gushed: “Seth is unbelievably talented.” It was also noted that his film Ted “brought in over $420 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of the year.”
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