Oscar host Seth MacFarlane sought advice from Billy Crystal


"Once you get through the opening, unless you do something really stupid...you're pretty much gold," said MacFarlane.

MacFarlane knows what awaits him when he takes the Oscar stage. There's an audience at home with high expectations.

"And you have a room that's relatively thin-skinned. It's probably the toughest audience out there, so if you're too soft, they're not going to give you much. If you're too hard on them, they're going to gasp and turn on you. So I expect to have them hating me within the first 30 seconds," said MacFarlane.

MacFarlane is known as the voice of "Ted." But he's best known for the many voices he plays on TV's "Family Guy."

When he was hired, MacFarlane sought the counsel of someone who's been there many times before.

"I talked to Billy Crystal, and he was a super nice guy and genuinely helpful, took time out of his schedule to sit down with me. I came out of it with some practical, practical stuff," said MacFarlane. "It's hard enough to find that balance when you're trying to do it traditionally. We're trying to mix it up a little bit, so this could be a disaster. Or it could be fantastic."

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