Seth MacFarlane surprises UCLA students, announces Oscar contest
Seth MacFarlane made a surprise visit to some lucky students at UCLA.
The comedian, creator of "Family Guy" and the voice of several of the hit animated show's main characters, including baby Stewie Griffin, visited the campus to announce a contest sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU.
The contest allows winning college students to appear on the February 24 Oscar telecast, according to the Associated Press. Students are invited to submit videos on the academy's Facebook page describing how they'll contribute to the future of film.
MacFarlane, 39, appeared in the "Overview of Contemporary Film Industry" course and spent 40 minutes leading the class as part of mtvU's "Stand In" series, which brings celebrities to college classrooms as guest lecturers.
On October 2012, it was announced that MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.
This marks the biggest hosting gig for MacFarlane and the first time he will appear on stage at an Oscar ceremony. The 85th Academy Awards take place on Feb. 24, 2013 and will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
MacFarlane, 38, was recently seen on live television twice in the past few months. He was a presenter at the 2012 Emmy Awards on September 23 and hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for the first time on September 15. More than 75 percent of OTRC.com readers rated MacFarlane's "SNL" hosting skills as "great."
"We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," Zadan and Meron said in their statement. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."
"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," MacFarlane said. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast."
MacFarlane was the roastmaster of Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen in 2011. He is best known as the creator and writer of FOX's animated shows "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show" as well as the comedy film "Ted," which marked his feature film debut and stars Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. The movie was released in June and made more than $434 million worldwide.