Next year's Academy Awards ceremony will see the return of the producer duo of this year's prize-giving event and probably a new host.
With the great yet controversial success of this year's Oscar show, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences keeps faith with the producers to organize next year's ceremony. The Academy President Hawk Koch has announced that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are set to return for 2014 Oscars.
"In order to establish continuity with this year's enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening," says Koch, who made the decision with the support of the 43-member Board of Governors.
Zadan and Meron, who succeeded in drawing impressive ratings for the 2013 prize-giving event, say that they are "honored to return." With high expectations on them, the duo is confident to bring even greater results of the upcoming ceremony, saying, "We look forward to creating a distinctive and entertaining show."
The 2013 Oscars drew 40.3 million total viewers. The show succeeded in bringing in young viewers as it drew about 20% more viewers in the 18-24 demographic compared to last year's show. However, host Seth MacFarlane became the subject of criticism as the comedian controversially made fun of actresses who appeared nude in films by singing "We Saw Your Boobs" in the opening.
When asked about the possibility of him returning for hosting next year's ceremony, MacFarlane made it clear that he only saw the Oscar job as "a one-time thing." "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though," the "Family Guy" creator tweeted after finishing his hosting gig.