Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has been tapped to host the 85th Academy Awards, taking the reins from Oscars stalwart Billy Crystal. The Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the decision in a press release today, just hours after Deadline first broke the news.

It's been a big year for MacFarlane, who made his directorial debut earlier this summer with Ted, and turned in a stellar performance as the host of Saturday Night Live just two weeks ago. He's also a remarkably versatile singer, actor, and comedian, making him an ideal selection. Watch him break the news to his own father in the video above.

The 85th Academy Awards will be held on February 24th, 2013.

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