Hosting the Oscars is talked about almost as much as the coveted golden statues themselves. Bob Hope holds the record having fronted the Academy Awards a whopping 19 times! Last year’s host Billy Crystal has been the man for the job on nine occasions and the year before that saw Anne Hathaway and James Franco take to the stage with, erm, some very mixed reviews.
But the latest host to be announced for the 2013 ceremony is sure to cause a bit of a riot. That’s right, the very brave organising committee have bestowed the honour on Mr Family Guy himself, Seth Macfarlane. Known for being controversial to the point of causing offense for the sake of comedy, every A-lister on the front row will be quaking in their shiny Louboutin shoes at the prospect of which irreverent gag, joke or pun might be launched in their direction.
Family Guy, which Seth both created and stars in has reached global popularity. It certainly divides opinion due to its topical risqué content (Osama Bin Laden with a rubber chicken springs to mind) but that can also make it all the more funny. As are the celebrity cameos – who can forget Drew Barrymore’s turn as Brian’s bimbo girlfriend? And if Mr Macfarlane can persuade Mila Kunis to star as a season regular (she plays tomboy daughter Meg) then he’s ok by us.
Perhaps the powers at be felt that things needed shaking up a bit next year. It certainly received an injection of youth with the Franco/ Hathaway double act in 2011 but this year saw the return of old faithful, Billy.
Or maybe they are acknowledging the success of Ted, another Seth special which hit big screens earlier this year starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth himself as a giant, come-to-life, not-so-cuddly teddy bear. So what’s his plan for the big night on 24 February 2013? ‘It's a very specific ceremony with a very specific tone,’ says Seth. ‘The challenge will be to keep it funny, keep it lively and stay true to what it is I do. But at the same time adapt to the tone of this event. It's a challenge but I'm looking forward to it.’
As are we. One things for sure, we might cringe, we might cry (with laughter, obvs) but we’ll DEFINITELY be tuning in.