Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards

The writer, comedian, voice actor, producer and director will host the ceremony on Feb. 24

By Prachi Gupta

Published October 1, 2012 5:36PM (EDT)

Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" creator with super white teeth and super dirty speech, has been chosen to host the 85th annual Academy Awards. (Hopefully, his jokes will consist of more than "Family Guy" impressions and profanity.)  It's been a solid year for MacFarlane, who hosted "SNL" earlier this year, was an announcer at the Emmy's, and directed the box office hit "Ted."

MacFarlane followed up the announcement by tweeting this sketch, mainly about his dad's bathing suits:

If this video is a preview of things to come, then let us remember what Jon Stewart told David Letterman about his experience hosting the Oscars: "At some level, deep in our hearts, we think it's stupid."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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