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Sure, Seth MacFarlane has hosted things before — SNL, a couple of Comedy Central roasts, the WGA awards — but nothing like the Oscars. As a result, he's a bit of a wild card. There was his not particularly heartening turn announcing the nominees, but that's really the only physical indication we have of what the show will be like. So we'll have to just take him on his sound-bitten word. Over the last few months, MacFarlane has opened up about the balance of tone he's trying to achieve, who his influences are, how roasty the show will be, and more. Here is what to expect on Sunday, straight from the horse's mouth. (Just to be clear, the horse is Seth MacFarlane — War Horse was last year.)The BalanceRolling Stone: "It's about finding that balance between doing what I do but acknowledging that this is the Academy Awards, not the roast of »

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