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MacFarlane Opts Out of 2014 Oscar Gig, Recommends Joaquin Phoenix as Host

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 20, 2013 at 2:23PM

Some have speculated that because the motion picture Academy is happy with the ratings of the last Oscar show, and therefore wanted to bring back musically-oriented producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, that their 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane would be part of the 2014 show package. But not so fast. UPDATE: MacFarlane reiterates yet again on Twitter that his Oscar gig was a one-time thing.
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Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane

Some have speculated that because the motion picture Academy is happy with the ratings of the last Oscar show, and therefore wanted to bring back musically-oriented producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, that their 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane would be part of the 2014 show package. But not so fast. UPDATE: MacFarlane reiterates yet again on Twitter that his Oscar gig was a one-time thing.

MacFarlane Oscar tweet

First, this is no surprise. He has never sounded too eager to return after the way critics beat him up. Even if he did lower the age demo. Second, the Academy says they aren't anywhere near to hiring a host yet. 

“Given the fact that we just confirmed Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce," says an Academy spokesperson, "we understand how people might speculate in that fashion, but it's really way too early to have any idea who our host might be in 2014."

Who would you like to see host? I'd go for Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, "Finding Dory" star Ellen De Generes...MacFarlane recommends Joaquin Phoenix--an unlikely scenario.

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.