Seth MacFarlane, beloved RISD alumnus and creator of the controversial (yet lovable) cartoon show Family Guy, will host the Academy Awards this year.
We all remember the clusterfuck that went down two years ago: James Franco completely forgot that he was going to host the Oscars all together, much less that his co-host would be Anne Hathaway. Watching a guy with the weirdest smile known to man emcee the biggest event in cinema while flat-out baked was…unfortunate. If he had any shame he might have atoned for his Hollywood sins by actually cutting off that arm.
To ensure that the younger generation of talent wouldn’t totally flop again, the Academy wisely played it safe with the classic Billy Crystal the following year. Everyone, young and old, can agree that last year’s Oscars was wonderfully refreshing and nostalgic at the same time: a trusted man hosting a show that gives awards to trusted actors like Meryl Streep and Christopher Plummer.
Sure, MacFarlane is certainly a change of pace from good ol’ Billy Crystal. Entertainment Weekly attributes the selection of MacFarlane to his rise in celebrity over the past year, from his appearance on SNL to his box office hit Ted. If you think way back when to when you had time to watch Family Guy, there are countless episodes that poke fun at sophisticated cinema and some that feature full-blown musical numbers. So remember that while he is a absurdly funny guy, Seth MacFarlane knows his shit. He’s also the undisputed master of gratuitous tangents, so expect an obscene amount of offbeat non sequiturs.
Who knows…maybe he will be great. Maybe he’ll even pull a Ricky Gervais at the Emmys and have to host the following year just to make amends with all the actors he offends. Regardless, we’re pumped that one of College Hill’s own will get his shot on the big stage.