The Oscar ceremony next year will be sans Seth MacFarlane because he says no thank you to hosting the Oscars again. Seth actually tweeted that he would not host the little golden fella’s award show in 2014.
In keeping with his own personalised vein of humour he used Twitter to send out a number of tweets that declared he was not available.
He tweeted once, “Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again”
He then tweeted, “Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However I highly–”
He then finished his long Twitter message with, “recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix.”
Although MacFarlane has said that he wasn’t doing the Oscars again, shortly after the 2013 ceremony it turns out that he apparently did get asked to host again. But presumably he did at least entertain the idea as he tweeted that he did his best to make it all work out. His last tweet on the subject makes it look like he’s not prepared to discuss the possibility at all. Guess that Joaquin had better get his tux ready.
But apart from not wanting to get hammered by critics again, MacFarlane’s got a lot on his plate. He is working on his new film, A Million Ways to Die in the West which is currently in production and it has a May 30, 2014 release date. He is also working on a Ted sequel and he has a variety of television projects underway.
With MacFarlane now out of the running, the big question is who will be next year’s “big” host. Personally, I’d vote for Billy Crystal or on the complete opposite side of the comedic coin, Chris Rock. Whoever they get to replace MacFarlane needs to be funny, not the, “My comedy programs are hysterical so I must be funny” type funny; and seriously, if they want then just put everyone out of their misery and hire Ricky Gervaise.
It will be tricky to find a prospective candidate who could fit the requirements. Someone who is deft at self depreciating humour; someone who can poke fun at the more stuffy and pretentious side of the business, yet not insult the recipients of their “good natured” jibes. The other requirement would be the ability to not annoy the female members of the star studded audience by singing about being able to see various bare body parts. I can still see the rather annoyed faces of two of last year’s audience members during the “boob” song.
So it will be interesting to see who actually gets to man the mic on the night. MacFarlane won’t volunteer and we’re pretty sure that Joaquin won’t play, not that they’d ask him anyway, of all the thing Phoenix can do, emcee isn’t high on his list of accomplishments.
But who ever they get will have a good time, at least, according to Seth. When a Twitter follower asked him a few weeks after his February hosting gig if he’d do it again. MacFarlane tweeted back, “No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though.
So there you have it, it is fun to do, but only the first time.
By Michael Smith