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Seth MacFarlane Nominates Joaquin Phoenix To Host Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Host Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Was that a collective sigh of relief we heard today as Seth MacFarlane tweeted he won't be back to host the Oscars?

The Family Guy creator, who was met with a hailstorm of criticism for his hosting duties earlier this year, had previously said he wouldn't take a second run at the job, but the Academy apparently has been wooing him this whole time.

Happily (or sadly, if you were a fan of "We Saw Your Boobs" and MacFarlane's other schtick), the busy MacFarlane couldn't find the time for the gig.

"Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again," he wrote in back-to-back tweets. "Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix."

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Now that would make for an entertaining evening since Phoenix (who received a Best Actor nomination for The Master) famously dissed the awards as "the stupidest thing in the whole world." He surprisingly showed, but seemed to be miserable the entire time.

What's keeping MacFarlane so busy (besides that Cosmos reboot), his new film, A Million Ways to Die in the West is currently in production and he's got a Ted sequel in the works.

The public reportedly wants Justin Timberlake to take the gig. Glee's Kevin McHale seconded that, but wants JT to be paired with Jimmy Fallon. Maybe they can slow jam the nominees.

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