According to Deadline, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers of the Academy Awards, apparently have mistaken a flat, ugly Oscars hosting performance by Seth MacFarlane for “relevance,” and asked him back to host again next year. Given that part of the reason MacFarlane was asked to host this year is because he has a side musical career and this was supposed to be a salute to the Oscars in music, an idea that was conveyed much better by Shirley Bassey straight killing it than by anything MacFarlane himself did, I wonder what the rationale is this time around. Is it going to be a salute to animation, a kind of filmmaking the Academy has traditionally refused to treat as if it’s as serious as live-action movies, hosted by a bunch of MacFarlane’s creations?
Word in Deadline’s story is that we might be saved a repeat if only because MacFarlane already said no to coming back, and because he’s very, very busy doing other things that will make him much more money. But in any case, that Zadan and Meron would ask again has me hoping that someone is smart enough to hire Retta to live-snark the ceremony MSTK3000-style. It may be the only way I get through this thing next year.