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With Seth MacFarlane as its host, the Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are going to include plenty of references to the Family Guy creator’s hit film Ted. The foul-mouthed Teddy Bear himself will be present, reuniting with actor Mark Wahlberg to present an award.
“We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage,” the producers said in a statement. “And we won't deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking.”
Ted, who was voiced by MacFarlane, and Walberg co-starred in the film, which is now the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy in film history. The film was released by Universal over the summer. The film also earned a nomination for the song “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.” Singer Norah Jones was recently tapped to perform the song during the ceremony.
“I'm excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg,” Ted said. “I'm spending the next month learning to pronounce 'Quvenzhané,’” he added, referencing the nominated actress from Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The show is also set to include tributes to James Bond and modern film musicals like Les Miserables and Chicago.
Wahlberg is a two-time nominee for his role in The Departed and as co-producer for The Fighter.
The 85th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Feb. 24.