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Oscars 2013: Seth MacFarlane, Emma Stone to announce 85th Academy Awards nominations Jan. 10

Calling Seth MacFarlane the Oscars host may be an understatement.

He will be joining Emma Stone early Thursday morning, Jan. 10, to announce the 85th Academy Awards nominations.

Typically, the Academy president is one of the announcers. This will be the first time since 1972 that an Oscars host has participated in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane and Stone will unveil nominations for about 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:35 a.m. PT news conference on Thursday in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy headquarters in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered.

The Academy president has helped announce the nominations since the very first announcement broadcast in 1964. This year's break with tradition happened only once before — in 1972 when Charlton Heston participate in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane has been a busy Oscars host thus far. In November, he helped the Academy announce its new college contest looking for statuette presenters. He also jokingly tweeted he would be helping clean up after the Oscars ceremony.

Stone starred in the 2011 Best Picture nominee "The Help" and the summer blockbuster "The Amazing Spider-Man." Stone will next be seen in "Gangster Squad" and "The Croods."

Past announcers include Jennifer Lawrence (84th Academy Awards nominations), Mo'Nique (83rd), Anne Hathaway (82nd), Forest Whitaker (81st) and Kathy Bates (80th).

Stay with The Gold Knight for all the latest news and information. If you can't wait for the nominees to be announced, check out Prediction Central for the latest scoop on possible contenders.

The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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