December 09, 2016

Seth MacFarlane tapped as Oscar host: How will he do? – ANALYSIS


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Was Seth MacFarlane’s hosting gig on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” an audition reel for the Academy Awards?

If so, it apparently worked, as the “Family Guy” creator (and the driving force behind the smash-hot comedy “Ted”) has been tapped to host next year’s Oscars, according to various reports.

“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” said co-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”

Right off the bat, this strikes me as a strange choice. MacFarlane is coming off of a massive summer comedy, but he’s more of a television personality … and an animation guy, at that. He also doesn’t necessarily fit into the “stand-up comedian” route the Academy has gone with past hosts like Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Martin.

But there’s no denying MacFarlane’s talent as a writer, producer and performer, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued about where he might be able to take the Oscar ceremony (if the Academy loosens the usual reigns).

I dug up a YouTube clip of MacFarlane’s “SNL” monologue, though you can see the whole show on Hulu. For now, what do you think about his hiring as the next Oscar host?

http://youtu.be/NAl5fLOISp0

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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