Those who caught the Oscar nominations this morning, or those who’ve been keeping up with the latest news, know that Seth MacFarlane (“Ted,” “Family Guy”) and Emma Stone (“The Help,” “Gangster Squad”) announced the Oscar nominees this morning, including an Original Song nomination for MacFarlane’s “Ted” (“Everybody Needs a Best Friend”). MacFarlane will also be hosting the prestigious award show, and ABC has released five promos today, January 10, 2013, to give an idea of the night’s tone.
The five new promos, which accompany this article, give us a sense of how MacFarlane will approach the event. While many are familiar with MacFarlane’s work as the man behind “Ted,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and “The Cleveland Show,” the Oscars are a prestigious award ceremony and won’t grant him the same liberties he is typically accustomed to.
Perhaps the best example of the sense of humor we should expect from him at the event comes at the 55 second mark in the video when MacFarlane said,
Hi, I'm Seth MacFarlane (ask your kids), and I'll be hosting the Academy Awards (ask your parents).
This is generally the type of humor at the Oscars – nothing edgy, raunchy or offensive, just some tasteful jokes to keep the evening moving along. At this point it’s difficult to tell how MacFarlane will do as the host of the event and whether or not those in attendance and those at home will be pleased with his uncharacteristically classy hosting style.
Although MacFarlane did a good job as the host of “Saturday Night Live,” and he was a brilliant roastmaster at the Comedy Central roasts of David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump, and Charlie Sheen, neither role serves as a great indicator of how he will do in this unfamiliar hosting territory. Based on the promos, it looks like MacFarlane will do a decent job – I don’t foresee him bombing, though I don’t expect him to give a performance like Billy Crystal did in his prime.