It’s a big deal to host the Oscars, but it hasn’t always been a one-person job. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1960s that most people assumed a single man or woman were up to the task. Bob Hope was the solo emcee a number of times in that decade, and Johnny Carson was the man in charge through most of the ’70s.
By the ’80s and ’90s, the Academy had more or less settled on a rotation of Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and Billy Crystal. However, the past decade has seen a mish-mash of various hosts, including Jon Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
Those looking for a little consistency should hope for the best from the Academy’s latest selection, Seth MacFarlane. According to IndieWire, the cartoonist, voice actor and singer is getting ready to lead the festivities this February. This is an excellent choice, because unlike past hosts who may have brought a one-dimensional shtick to the role, MacFarlane can do it all.
What’s more, he’s becoming one of the hardest working people in show business, so he’ll bring plenty exposure to his many projects that include a sequel to the hit comedy film Ted, the many animated shows on FOX he produces and the reboot of Cosmos that’s in the works for next year.