Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Seth MacFarlane First Oscar Host Since ’72 to Announce Nominees


In another smart move, the Motion Picture Academy has decided that this year’s show host Seth MacFarlane will announce the nominees. MacFarlane will be joined at 8:30am Eastern, 5:30am Pacific this Thursday morning by Emma Stone, who was so good in “The Help” and “Amazing Spider Man,” among others. MacFarlane is the first host since 1972 to be awakened this early in the morning to perform these duties. That year their were four hosts– Helen Hayes, Sammy Davis, Jr., Alan King, and Jack Lemmon. (Talk about eclectic.) What’s cool is that that show, 40 years ago, was produced by Howard W. Koch, the late father of current Academy chief Hawk Koch. Nice symmetry. With any luck, MacFarlane will have stayed up all night and be ready for some fun.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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