We don’t care much about television here at Film Geek Central. After all, it’s not Reality TV BS Geek Central. But we do care about the Oscars, which is basically the Superbowl for film geeks. So, when next year’s Oscars scored an interesting choice as host, we took notice.
Seth MacFarlane has been chosen to host next year’s ceremonies, the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” said MacFarlane. “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.”
Despite his self-deprecating humor, MacFarlane is experiencing his most successful year yet. His film, TED, which I think could be the funniest film of the year, was a smash. He also hosted the season premiere of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and his other TV shows – FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD and THE CLEVELAND SHOW – are sure to be on for a few more years yet. He is also prepping a sequel to TED, though that’s still in the early stages.
Still, MacFarlane says not to expect FAMILY GUY on stage that night.
“The key is to be funny and current and speak to that audience,” MacFarlane said. “Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal were never dismissive of the ceremony, because people aren’t fond of that. I’ve seen enough Oscar broadcasts to know that they (the nominees) want to be entertained, but they’re also sitting there nervous, and they have a lot riding on that night.”
MacFarlane also hosted the Writer’s Guild of America Awards show.
MacFarlane may have a lot of people to impress with his new Oscar gig. And judging from the video, his family may be his toughest audience.