'Family Guy' creator MacFarlane to host Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.

First-time Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement Monday.

MacFarlane made his directorial debut earlier this year with "Ted," which took in more than $420 million at the box office.

The 38-year-old entertainer also hosted the season opener of "Saturday Night Live" last month.

This is his first time hosting the Academy Awards.

Nominations for the 85th annual Oscars will

be announced on Jan. 10 — nearly a week earlier than typically revealed

and coming

ahead of the Golden Globe Awards. The Oscars will be presented

Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center

in Los Angeles.

Online: www.oscars.org; www.oscar.com