Oscar host Seth MacFarlane is also a nominee

Danny Bowes
Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog
10 January 2013
Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane


When Seth MacFarlane hosts the 85th Academy Awards on February 24th, he will be in the rare position of also being a nominee. The “Family Guy” creator received an Oscar nomination for writing the lyrics to “Everyone Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” which he also wrote and in which he co-starred as the voice of Mark Wahlberg's teddy bear.

While an infrequent occurrence, this is not the first time a host has found himself nominated. As recently as 2011, co-host James Franco was nominated for Best Actor for “127 Hours.” In 1987, co-host Paul Hogan was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “Crocodile Dundee.” Michael Caine and Walter Matthau, at the 45th and 48th Academy Awards, respectively, also co-hosted and were nominated for acting awards. However, the only Oscar host to ever win when nominated was Frank Capra, also the Academy president at the time, who took home a statue for Best Director for “You Can't Take It With You.”

MacFarlane's chances of joining Capra in Oscar trivia history seem slim, with “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables” the odds-on favorite at this point. But if the wide-open nature of this year's Oscar nominations tells us anything, it is that nothing is certain.

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