Oscar 2013 will be a family affair. Ted’s teddy bear Ted and Mark Wahlberg will be presenters at the Oscar 2013 ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today. (Photo: Mark Wahlberg, Ted in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted.)
"We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage," Zadan and Meron are quoted as saying in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ press release. "And we won’t deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking."
Oscar 2013 ceremony host Seth MacFarlane directed and co-wrote Ted. MacFarlane, himself an Oscar nominee for the Ted tune "Everybody Needs a Best Friend," also provided the voice for the teddy bear. Apart from Will Smith / Tommy Lee Jones’ special-effects-laden Men in Black 3, Ted was the highest-grossing live-action comedy at the worldwide box office in 2012, collecting more than $515m. And if one chooses to ignore inflation, Ted is the seventh highest-grossing R-rated movie in North America.
Also worth mentioning is that Ted scandalized a politician from Brazil’s Communist Party, who wanted the film banned in that country. But instead of getting his Big Brotherish wish — that country’s constitution forbids such a ban — said politician (and former federal police officer) got plenty of ridicule in the Brazilian media and on Twitter.
Mark Wahlberg: Two Oscar nods
Mark Wahlberg, by the way, has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006) and as a producer of the Best Picture nominee The Fighter, directed by this year’s nominee David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), and starring Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo.
Wrapping this up, here’s a quote found in the Academy’s press release: "I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg," said Ted. "I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ’Quvenzhané.’"
Whether or not you find that humorous (or cringe-inducing), Mark Wahlberg and Ted — along with Adele, Norah Jones, and Barbra Streisand — will be seen on the Oscar 2013 stage on Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Just don’t expect any R-rated fun in the Academy’s PG-friendly proceedings.
Mark Wahlberg, Ted in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted image: Universal Pictures.