Mr. MacFarlane is the first Oscars host since Charlton Heston in 1972 to also be a participant in announcing the Oscar nominees for the same show he'll be hosting.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences typically features its president as a co-announcer of the Oscar nominations, along with an actor or actress. Last year the previous Academy president, Tom Sherak, shared the dais with actress Jennifer Lawrence to announce the nominees for the 2011 film finalists.
Incidentally, Emma Stone will seen on the big screen in U.S. theaters this weekend in the film "Gangster Squad", while Seth MacFarlane's 2012 comedy "Ted" is currently on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The Oscar nominations announcement will take place on Thursday at 8:30am Eastern/5:30am Pacific, and will be broadcast live on line at oscars.org. Part of the announcement is expected to be aired live on ABC television on the east coast during the "Good Morning America" program.
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