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Oscars: Family Guy Creator MacFarlane To Host
The creator of cult TV cartoon Family Guy has been revealed as the host of the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
Seth MacFarlane was announced as the choice by first-time Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who said they were "thrilled" about their choice.
In addition to creating the hugely successful Family Guy in 1999, he continues to voice the key role of Peter Griffin among others.
The character is head of a dysfunctional family on Rhode Island, with actress Mila Kunis providing the voice of eldest child Meg Griffin.
MacFarlane called his first opportunity to present the Academy Awards "an overwhelming privilege" and said he would "do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors".
He is also known for the animated TV show American Dad and made his big-screen directorial debut earlier this year with Ted, which took more than $420m (£260m) at the global box office.
The 38-year-old entertainer hosted the season opener of America's Saturday Night Live show last month.
Zadan and Meron said in a statement: "His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," the new producers said in a statement.
Nominations for the 85th annual Oscars will be announced on January 10 - nearly a week earlier than traditionally revealed and ahead of the Golden Globe Awards - with the ceremony being held on February 24.
The 2012 event was hosted by veteran compere Billy Crystal, who was brought back when 2011's ratings dived 9% after it was co-hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco.