Mark Wahlberg and Ted to present at 2013 Oscars
Mark Wahlberg is reuniting with his CGI teddy bear "Ted" co-star to present at the 2013 Oscars, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Friday, February 1.
"We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage," Zadan and Meron said in a statement. "And we won't deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking."
"Ted" was written and directed by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, who also provided the voice for the CGI character. MacFarlane is nominated for an Oscar for writing the lyrics to "Everybody Needs a Best Friend," which is nominated for Best Original Song. Norah Jones, who had a cameo in "Ted," will perform the song at the ceremony.
The film is now the highest-grossing R-rated original comedy of all time and has grossed $218.8 million domestically and $515 million worldwide, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
"I'm excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg," Ted said. "I'm spending the next month learning to pronounce 'Quvenzhane," he added, referring to Oscar-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The 9-year-old actress is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Wahlberg is a two-time Oscar nominee. He received his first nod in 2006 for his supporting role in "The Departed" and was nominated again in 2010 as a producer of the Best Picture nominee "The Fighter."
It was previously announced that Barbra Streisand will sing at the Oscar ceremony, though it is unclear what song she will perform. Adele will also be on hand at the ceremony to perform "Skyfall," the Oscar-nominated song from the James Bond film of the same name.
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Check out the full list of 2013 Oscar nominees here. The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 24, 2013 on ABC, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company.