Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Oscars. Expect musical numbers.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who’s apparently dating Khaleesi Emilia Clarke, has been chosen as the host of the 2013 Oscars, set to air February 24th, according to the official press release.

First-time Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement Monday. Zadan and Meron said they’re “thrilled” about their choice.
“His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” the producers said in a statement.
MacFarlane called the opportunity “an overwhelming privilege.”
“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,” he said Monday. [SeattleTimes]

The internet cool-ocracy seems to hate Seth MacFarlane these days, but I like him fine (which may have something to do with the fact that I haven’t watched Family Guy in a few years). He seems like a reasonably pleasant fellow. Hosting the Oscars is a no-win situation, but at least Seth MacFarlane has F-you money and no real asses he needs to kiss, meaning he could, in theory, tell a good joke or two, if the situation presented itself. There’s also the added benefit of Hollywood’s most puffed-up celebration of masturbatory self-importance being hosted by the voice of a masturbating teddy bear in a Marky Mark movie. If they really wanted it to be a fitting ceremony, they’d have Ted host the Oscars with Seth MacFarlane doing the voice and Andy Serkis performing all Ted’s movement via motion-capture animation. And at the end, a group of producers would cry, touched by the humanity Serkis was able to infuse into Ted as he was delivering that Sinatra-esque musical number about Amanda Bynes’ drunk driving arrest.

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