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Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

6/13/2014 Tim Molloy

By Tim Molloy

"Ted" director and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, better known for his work behind the camera than in front of its, will host the Oscars, it was announced Monday.

MacFarlane is no stranger to performing: He voices many of his "Family Guy" characters and hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time with this season's premiere. But his selection breaks a long tradition of choosing an actor or comedian with an instantly recognizable face to host the ceremony.

MacFarlane, 38, injects youthful energy into a ceremony that has struggled to appeal to a younger audience. James Franco and Anne Hathaway received poor marks for their attempt to do that two years ago. Eddie Murphy dropped out last year, leaving Billy Crystal to once again take up his familiar role as host.

His show, "Family Guy," has a young following, as did his summer hit, "Ted," which paired Mark Wahlberg with a grown-up teddy bear.

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