If you haven't heard the news yet, Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Oscars.
It's a bold, surprising selection, especially since the Family Guy, American Dad and Cleveland Show creator has little to do with films, has no hosting experience and is literally not a famous face. But after you get through the initial shock, MacFarlane is almost an inspired choice by the Academy.
Don't believe us? Here are six reasons why MacFarlane is a good choice to emcee Hollywood's biggest night.
Mary-Louise Parker, Laura Linney
Showtime finished its 2011-2012 season with nearly 22 million subscribers and 22 Emmy nominations, with five of those in the four leading acting categories. Much of that honor goes to freshman drama Homeland, which is the most-nominated series for the network.
After sneak-previewing trailers for two upcoming series -- Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan -- David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment addressed this season's farewells to The Big C and Weeds and teased what's coming up for Dexter and Homeland, both of which will return on Sept. 30.
Angela Bassett, Julian McMahon
Angela Bassett and Julian McMahon are both in final negotiations to join Fox's untitled spy pilot from Karyn Usher.
The drama centers on the orphaned 14-year-old daughter (Saxon Sharbino) of a CIA operative who gets taken in by Kevin Lear (Nip/Tuck's McMahon), a mysterious rogue agent-assassin who serves as both her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. Bassett would play Alice Vargas, the director of the CIA.
Billy Crystal will host the Oscars for a ninth time, the comedian announced Thursday.
"Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions," Crystal tweeted. "Looking forward to the show."
Brian Grazer to replace Brett Ratner as Oscars producer; Eddie Murphy steps down
News of Crystal's involvement with the 84th annual Academy Awards comes one day after...
Brian Grazer, Eddie Murphy
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In the wake of producer Brett Ratner's exit, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has selected Brian Grazer to produce the 84th annual Academy Awards along with Don Mischer, Academy President Tom Sherak announced Wednesday.
Director Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards telecast Tuesday after coming under fire for making a gay slur.
"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," Academy President Tom Sherak said in a statement issued late Tuesday. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of...
Brett Ratner got his wish: Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards, the academy announced Tuesday.
"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," Ratner, who's producing the Oscars, said. "With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances — especially on stage — I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and ...
Will Eddie Murphy's next role be Oscars host? It will be if ceremony producer Brett Ratner gets his way, Deadline reports.
Ratner is set to inform the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday that Murphy is his top choice for...
Blockbuster director Brett Ratner just got his most Hollywood gig yet: He's been tapped to produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast. The first-time Oscars-helmer will be joined by Don Mischer, who's been producing televised specials for decades, including last year's Oscars.
"Making movies has been my dream since childhood, and I've been fortunate enough to have made several, but the Oscar show is in a league of its own," Ratner said...
Former Without a Trace star Eric Close has joined the cast of the CBS pilot Chaos, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Chaos is an hourlong procedural about a group of rogue CIA operatives who battle bureaucratic gridlock and political infighting. Close will play one of the agents...