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Oscars ceremony gets under way in LA

Oscars ceremony gets under way in LA

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The 85th annual Oscars ceremony -- honoring the best in film for 2012 -- is under way in Los Angeles, with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane serving as host.

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Lawmaker wants to name road for Levon Helm ... 'Game of Thrones' to screen at Texas A&M University ... Justin Timberlake to appear on 'Fallon' March 11-15 ... Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman to be Oscar presenters ... News from United Press International.
Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman to be Oscar presenters

Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood titans Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman are to be presenters at the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles, producers said.
Garner, Fonda, Washington and Stewart to be Oscar presenters

Garner, Fonda, Washington and Stewart to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Actresses Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Stewart and Kerry Washington are to be presenters at Sunday's Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles.
Chenoweth, MacFarlane to close Oscars ceremony with duet

Chenoweth, MacFarlane to close Oscars ceremony with duet

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Kristin Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane are to perform a special Oscar ceremony-closing musical number at Sunday's show in Los Angeles.
Foxx, Douglas, Aniston and Rudd to be Oscar presenters

Foxx, Douglas, Aniston and Rudd to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Michael Douglas, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd have been confirmed as presenters for Sunday's Oscars telecast in Los Angeles.
Neeson, Travolta, McCarthy to be Oscar presenters

Neeson, Travolta, McCarthy to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson and John Travolta are to help hand out Oscars at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles.
Nominees Affleck, Chastain, Lawrence to be Oscar presenters

Nominees Affleck, Chastain, Lawrence to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Current Academy Award nominees Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence are to be presenters on the upcoming Oscar telecast in Los Angeles.
Berry, Bullock, Kidman and Witherspoon to be Oscars presenters

Berry, Bullock, Kidman and Witherspoon to be Oscars presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actresses Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are to be presenters at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
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'Chicago' stars Gere, Zellweger, Latifah, Zeta-Jones to reunite on Oscars' stage

'Chicago' stars Gere, Zellweger, Latifah, Zeta-Jones to reunite on Oscars' stage

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- "Chicago" co-stars Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones are to appear on stage together at the Oscars in Los Angeles.

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Cissy Houston calls pre-Grammy gala invite 'obscene' ... Marilyn Manson recovering from flu after passing out onstage ... Barbra Streisand preparing to direct first film since 1996's 'Mirror' ... Dame Shirley Bassey to sing at Oscars for the first time ... News from United Press International.
Dame Shirley Bassey to sing at Oscars for the first time

Dame Shirley Bassey to sing at Oscars for the first time

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- British singer Shirley Bassey is to perform at this month's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday.
Theron, Radcliffe, Levitt and Tatum set for Oscar telecast

Theron, Radcliffe, Levitt and Tatum set for Oscar telecast

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe are to make special appearances at this month's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
'Avengers' stars Renner, Jackson to be Oscar presenters

'Avengers' stars Renner, Jackson to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The stars of the superhero ensemble picture "Marvel's the Avengers" are to serve as presenters at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, producers said.
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Comedian and television host Bill Maher (L) reacts to comments by animator Seth MacFarlane during an unveiling ceremony honoring him with the 2,417th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on September 14, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (/ˈsɛθ ˈwʊdbɛri mɨkˈfɑrlən/; born October 26, 1973) is an American animator, writer, comedian, producer, actor, singer, voice actor, and director best known for creating the animated sitcoms Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, for which he also voices many of the shows' various characters.

A native of Kent, Connecticut, MacFarlane is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied animation, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He was an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera for several television shows, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory and I Am Weasel, before creating his own series for 20th Century Fox entitled Family Guy in 1999. MacFarlane went on to co-create American Dad! in 2005, The Winner in 2007 and The Cleveland Show in 2009 for 20th Century Fox.

As an actor, he has made guest appearances on shows such as Gilmore Girls, The War at Home and FlashForward. MacFarlane's interest in science fiction and fantasy has led to cameo and guest appearances on Star Trek: Enterprise and voicing the character of Johann Kraus in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army. In 2008, he created his own YouTube series entitled Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. As a performer, MacFarlane has sung at several venues, including Carnegie and Royal Albert Hall.

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