Editor’s Note: Yeah, I know this is late news. I just wanted to write a post about it.
This February Seth MacFarlane will be hitting the movie world… again. The creator of Family Guy and the hit comedy Ted will be hosting this year’s Oscars.
As soon as I heard this, I was instantly groaning. I think MacFarlane is very creative but I really dislike his work. I’ve always told people that Family Guy is a rip-off of The Simpsons, except with lazy jokes that feel so out of place (there’s this great South Park episode where Cartman discovers the Family Guy writers are actually manatees) and The Cleveland Show took the place of my beloved King of the Hill. I didn’t see Ted though, so I can’t say anything about that, though I have heard very positive things from many friends.
MacFarlane’s known for his edgy humor, which I’m not sure is a great thing for the Oscars. Sure, I love it when Ricky Gervais hosts the Golden Globes. But the Globes have so little prestige in the movie world that critics sit back and laugh at them. Even the Oscars, who have made plenty of blunders in the past, have far more respect than them. But let’s go back to 2005 when Chris Rock hosted the Oscars. The entire show just landed in a thud. Rock wasn’t funny because he was trying too hard. Rock is talented but is not a suitable host.
And that’s a major problem. Over the past decade, the Oscars don’t know what audience to appeal to. Sure we’ve had some great guys like Jon Stewart (who I think is very underrated as a host), Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, and Bill Crystal, all of who made great shows. But they all appeal to different audiences.
I can’t forget the disastrous pairing of James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who gave what many critics called (including me) the worst Oscar show ever. One of the many problems I saw with the James Franco-Anne Hathaway performance was that they were trying to be too nice. Humor is always supposed to have a biting edge even at the slightest. All I could conclude from their hosting job was that they were just being cheerleaders for Hollywood.
So Seth MacFarlane could prevent the show from falling apart, but like Rock I don’t think he’s suitable to be host. But all I want from an Oscar host is to make me laugh. If MacFarlane can do that than I’ll be happy.