This Sunday, the biggest and greatest Hollywood stars will gather at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 85th Academy Awards. Over the last 85 years, the film industry’s biggest event has experienced its fair share of ups and downs despite meticulous minute-by-minute planning.
Sometimes putting together a room full of Hollywood stars is a recipe for drama — and not the entertaining kind. It could mean dealing with inflated celebrity egos, like when James Cameron accepted his second Oscar for Titanic at the Academy Awards in 1998 and declared himself “king of the world,” quoting his film’s own protagonist. It could mean gritting through four hours of lackluster hosts who miss the mark completely like 2011′s hosting duo, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who were called “spectacularly bad” despite being generally well-liked actors.
Other times, however, the planning is worth every sleepless hour and things come together in a way to make the event a shining success that is praised for years to come. Take for instance Billy Crystal’s first-time hosting success that led to another eight appearances as Academy Awards host. Bob Hope also successfully hosted or co-hosted the Academy Awards for fourteen years, and “the king of late night” Johnny Carson was given the reins as host multiple times.
Clearly what the success of the Oscars comes down to, in large part, is having an entertaining host who can roll with the punches and keep time without the help of a strict script.
That brings us to this year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, who is best known for the creation of Family Guy, a satirical and oftentimes crude cartoon, and its spin-offs. This may be the reason that many people would underestimate or entirely overlook Seth MacFarlane when it comes to Hollywood appearances that demand elegance.
Despite the baser humor we’re exposed to on Family Guy and his knack for wildly inappropriate puns, in the past few years Seth MacFarlane has become more respected in the industry for his comedic style and keen eye for a worthwhile production. In other words: the man knows humor and how to deliver. When it comes to celebrities who can stay afloat off-script, MacFarlane could potentially be perfect for the job. Unfortunately it’ll be impossible to know how his stage presence holds up until the big show Sunday evening.
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