Mark Wahlberg and Ted to present at Oscars
The total Seth MacFarlanification of this year’s Academy Awards telecast is nearly complete. The Family Guy creator is hosting the ceremony Feb. 24, where Norah Jones will also perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” an Oscar-nominated original song MaFarlane co-wrote for his summer comedy hit Ted.
Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Ted star (and two-time Oscar nominee) Mark Wahlberg will present an award on Oscar night — alongside the animated bear who gave that film its name, who is voiced, naturally, by MacFarlane. “We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “And we won’t deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking.”
“Ted” himself also released a statement: “I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg. I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ‘Quvenzhané.'” Censors, on your mark…