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Seth 'Family Guy' Macfarlane is to host Oscars

Did his Saturday Night Live stint this season act as an audition?

Image: AP Photo/Charles Sykes

THE CREATOR OF TV adult animation Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane, will host the 85th annual Academy Awards come Sunday, 24 February, 2013.

Deadline is reporting that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will make the official announcement later today.

MacFarlane is a multi-faceted actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director, and singer who has proven quick on his feet while on live TV recently — hosting “Saturday Night Live” last weekend and presenting during the recent Emmy Awards.

“MacFarlane’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live’s premiere for this fall season was a tryout,” explains Deadline. “He did well, especially during his standup where he sang and did voices and looked great and was thoroughly entertaining.

MacFarlane follows in the tap-dancing footsteps of Billy Crystal, who hosted the awards show last year after Eddie Murphy dropped out following producer Brett Ratner’s resignation after anti-gay remarks.

This year’s Oscar’s will be produced by Hairspray and “Footloose” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. MacFarlane better put on his dancing shoes …

- Aly Weisman

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