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Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards

Posted by Rachel Raczka  October 1, 2012 12:42 PM

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seth-mcfarlane-400.jpg"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2013, on ABC. The network released the statement today, citing MacFarlane's "box office success" with his 2012 directorial debut, "Ted," and a rather impressive list of accomplishments, spanning through television, stage, and music. (Did you know MacFarlane received two Grammy nods for his 2011 album, "Music Is Better than Words"? Did you know he released an album? We didn't either.)

MacFarlane, a RISD graduate, was quoted with the following: "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."

MacFarlane kicked off the 38th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" in September, giving audiences just a taste of his live hosting (and singing) abilities but viewers will have to wait until February to see him take the Dolby Theatre stage. (Image via REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

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