Seth MacFarlane And Emma Stone To Announce Oscar Nominations Thursday

The extensive speculation about the 2013 Academy Awards is finally about to end, as Thursday morning Oscars host Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone will announce this year’s nominees.

The announcement is usually made by an actor and the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last year Jennifer Lawrence was the actor chosen. MacFarlane will be only the second host ever to make the announcement, with the other being Charlton Heston in 1972. Stone, who starred in The Amazing Spider-Man and will be seen in next week’s Gangster Squad, will be assisting with the announcement.

2012 saw an abundance of excellent movies, perhaps the most in any single year in recent history, making the reveal of the nominees all the more intriguing.This year certainly has the possibility of filling all 10 best picture slots with little complaint from audiences and many worthy films not included.

The nominations will be revealed at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, 5:30 a.m. Pacific.

Check out the official announcement below.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® will be announced by the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone on Thursday, January 10. This will be the first time since 1972 that an Oscar show host has participated in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane and Stone will unveil the nominations at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered.

Since the first nominations announcement in 1964, the Academy president has been joined by one or more co-announcers at the event. This year the Academy will break with tradition when MacFarlane, who was named Oscar show host in October, joins Stone on Oscar nominations morning. Charlton Heston (1972) was the only other show host to participate in the nominations announcement.

Stone starred in the 2011 Best Picture nominee “The Help” and the summer release “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Her other film credits include “Superbad,” “Zombieland,” “Easy A” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Stone will be seen in “Gangster Squad” later this month and in “The Croods,” due out in March.

Nominations information for all categories will be distributed to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards website,

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

What do you think of the Academy breaking tradition like this? Are you excited to see Seth MacFarlane as host? Also feel free to sound off with who you think should be nominated in the comments section below.