It has been announced that Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and the director of recent theatrical release Ted, will be hosting the 85th Academy Awards next year. This will be the biggest and most important event MacFarlane has hosted, having only done brief stints on Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central Roasts in the past. It is hoped that he will be able to bring some old school humour and charm to the event, as well as pleasing the new school who prefer Ricky Gervais-style jokes. Speaking about their choice, Oscars telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said:
The awards will take place on 24 February in LA at the Hollywood and Highland center, formerly known as the Kodak theater.