I don’t get it. Yes, the Academy wants to make people think that it is hip and young and I understand that, but Seth MacFarlane? The guy who directed Ted (which was a huge hit) and the creative genius behind Family Guy to host the Oscars? I read yesterday that he is only the second host after Ellen DeGeneres to get the gig having never appeared on the broadcast.
As Anne Thompson wrote yesterday, this is a clear attempt to bring in the young men ala Jimmy Kimmel and the Emmys (which I thought was terrible.) I personally am not into his type of humor. Give me Amy Poehler’s humor any day. (And by the way her bit with Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Emmy’s was one of the only times I laughed all night.)
It just feels like the decision by producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron is pandering to the young male demographic who quite frankly isn’t even the audience that shows up to watch the Oscars. There is a reason why they call it the “Super Bowl for women.” If I thought having the show be dude centric (see videos below) would take away from the objectification of women that happens I would be all for it, but it won’t. The red carpet is a show in itself and some people only watch the carpet and skip the show.
I’m not impressed.
This is from his show (h/t Movie City News)
Seth MacFarlane Oscar Host (Deadline)
Academy Chases Young Male Demo with Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane [VIDEO] (Thompson on Hollywood)