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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host Oscars

  • Comedian Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, will host the Oscars ceremony in February.

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which produces the Oscars, made the announcement on Monday, saying MacFarlane, 38, was chosen because "his performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh”.

    The Academy Awards take place on February 24, 2013 and has previously been hosted by Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin and veteran host Billy Crystal.

    However, in recent years the Academy has struggled attract a younger audience.

    Actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the 2011 ceremony, which drew in 37.6 million American viewers and became one of the least-watched Academy Awards in the past decade.

    MacFarlane rose to fame as the creator of Fox's comedy animated series Family Guy, which follows the lives of Peter Griffin and his family. He also voices the characters of Peter, Brian and Stewie on the show.

    The success of Family Guy saw MacFarlane create two animated spin-off series, The Cleveland Show and American Dad.

    He made his directorial debut in Hollywood this year with Ted, a comedy film about a teddy bear that comes to life for his owner, swears, smokes marijuana and makes crass jokes. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.

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