‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards

He will helm the Oscars ceremony on February 24, 2013 in Los Angeles

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to set to host the 85th annual Academy Awards.

MacFarlane will head up the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles on February 24, 2013. In a statement, he said: “It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars. My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.”

He also released a video of him telling his father that he is set to be the new host for the event. Click below to watch the clip.

This year the ceremony was helmed by actor and comedian Billy Crystal, who was hosting the awards for the ninth time.

As well as creating the adult cartoon show Family Guy, MacFarlane also provides voices for the show and last year he released the Frank Sinatra-style swing album, ‘Music Is Better Than Words’.

Over the summer MacFarlane’s film Ted took £35 million on its opening weekend in the US. The movie, about a weed smoking, foul-mouthed bear, broke the box office record for opening weekend takings for an original R-rated comedy – meaning a film which under-17s can only watch if accompanied by an adult.

In other Oscars news, a new set of rules were recently put in place for the Academy Awards’ Best Original Song category, stating that there must be five nominees up for the award every year.

Over the past few years, a complex voting system, in which songs on the longlist have to receive at least 8.25 marks out of 10 by voters, has meant that only a small number of tracks have made it into the final category.

This year, only ‘Man or Muppet’ from The Muppets and ‘Real in Rio’ from Rio made the final category. The award was won by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, for the Muppets track.