"Family Guy" and "Ted" star Seth MacFarlane has been selected to host the 2013 Oscars.
The Academy has struggled in recent years to appeal to a younger audience, so Seth MacFarlane seems a good choice.
Rookie hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were drafted in for the 2011 ceremony but the show became one of the least-watched Academy Awards in the past decade, drawing 37.6 million Americans, while the critics slammed the young hosts. Billy Crystal was back at the helm in 2012 and more than 39 million Americans tuned in to watch Oscars, but the critics were still not satisfied and called the show old-fashioned.
This year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has also announced a new online voting system for the first time in its 85-year history.
In a transition process, the academy's 6,000 members also will be able to use traditional paper ballots to nominate and select the best actors, films, directors, screen writers and other winners of 2012.
The 85th annual Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood on February 24th 2013.