Family Guy creator and Ted director Seth MacFarlane is to host the 2013 Academy Awards, the show’s producers have announced via press release. Mr. MacFarlane, who has released an album of standards in addition to his Fox TV comedy and summer movie and recently hosted Saturday Night Live, is known for vocal impersonations and a love of Broadway-style musical numbers.
In recent years, the host’s tux at the Oscars has been particularly ill-fitting: last year’s announced host, Eddie Murphy, backed away from the ceremony when his preferred producer resigned as well, resulting in Billy Crystal’s return from semiretirement. The year before, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, chosen in an attempt to appeal to young people, were seen as a particularly ill-matched duo, while one-time-only hosts like Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, and Hugh Jackman haunt the 2000s.
Best of luck to the producers: At this year’s Emmys, Mr. MacFarlane’s microphone cut out as he presented an award. The director quipped that he ought to have expected a flub: he hadn’t been to rehearsal.