Seth MacFarlane Will Host the 2013 Oscars

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Seth MacFarlane (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)
Looks like the Oscars are headed in a very different direction for next year: The Academy announced today that Seth MacFarlane has been tapped to host the 85th annual awards.

Not only is this MacFarlane's first time as host, but his very first time on stage at the Oscars.

Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said of MacFarlane:

"We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh. He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."

For his part, MacFarlane calls the gig "an overwhelming privilege." MacFarlane joked:

"My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast."

MacFarlane is best known as a writer and director, and of course as creator of the wildly popular animated television series "Family Guy." Though he has several acting credits, the funny man typically lends his voice to projects, and is no stranger to hosting and personal appearances. He served as host of "Saturday Night Live" last month, and has performed live to sold-out crowds at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall.

Previous rumors of who would take the hosting job this year included Jimmy Fallon.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards air February 24, 2013 on ABC.

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The Oscars also posted this video of MacFarlane making the big announcement to his father, who is mildly excited.