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Producers hope Family Guy creator will attract back teens and sate traditionalists

Those trying to predict the post-Oscars chatter on Monday morning have a single certainty to clutch to. Whether the gongs go to Argo or Lincoln, Les Mis or Silver Linings, one name will be on everyone's lips: Seth MacFarlane.

The first indications that this year's host might make for a genuinely compelling ceremony came during the nominations announcement at the end of January. Traditionally a laughless procedural, this year's event was notable for bonafide gags and genuine gasps, as MacFarlane – at 5am Los Angeles time – claimed to be drunk, referenced Hitler, and even insulted Hollywood's presiding deity. "Congratulations," he said after revealing the supporting actress nominees, "you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."

And the potential for a telecast to remember rose tenfold following MacFarlane's announcement on Thursday that this would be a one-off stint. »

- Catherine Shoard

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