Before my power went out last week, I went to see Ted with a bunch of my friends. Being a guy in his mid-20s with a bit of a frat guy sense of humor, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was actually really surprised to see the amount of heart that the movie had.
After the movie, my award prognosticator senses kicked in and I started thinking of the chances this film might have in certain contests at the end of the year. I think we can all agree an Oscar nomination is very unlikely but that the film could get some recognition at other ceremonies such as the Best Comedy award at the Critic's Choice Awards.
But I really wanted to see what people thought about the film's chances at the Golden Globes. I think it could get nominated for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) and stands an even better chance of being a serious contender for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for Mark Wahlberg. I can see the Best Picture nomination because the Globes have awarded similar fare in the past such as Bridesmaids being nominated last year and The Hangover winning two years earlier. You also have the nominations for Best Picture for the likes of Borat and 50/50. With Wahlberg, it's obvious the Globes have a soft spot for him when they nominated him for The Departed (which helped propel him to an Oscar nod for the movie) and for The Fighter four years later. This could be another notch with the Globes for him.
"... think we can all agree an Oscar nomination is very unlikely"
Lol! Well, what about visual effects?
As for the Globes, I'd love to see it happen. After all, there are comedy categories, and "Ted" definitely fits here. I seem to recall "Reds" last year, which I enjoyed as a film. O, and "The Tourist" showed up as well. Imo, "Ted" is a better film than both of these.
I'm rooting for Seth MacFarlane. I really like his work overall, and his voicework here is terrific.
I dunno. For acting Globes,I'd love to see Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi cited. Mark played it straight, and I believed his relationship with his "Ted". And Ribisi simply excels at playing less than sane characters.
Visual Effects seem possible for Oscar nominations. Did McFarlane write original music (which is so clearly his preferred medium)?
There's a song called "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" that plays during a montage sequence at the beginning of the film. It's performed by Norah Jones and written specifically for the film, but I don't know who wrote it. It definitely sounds like something MacFarlane would write, though; maybe he and Jones collaborated to write it?
In any case, I wouldn't be hesitant to predict it for an Original Song nod. I agree that Visual Effects could happen as well
I'm all in on this Ted discussion. It does deserve Visual affects, Best Song, and Original Screenplay noms. I loved this movie, it had so much heart, who would have thought? LOL. I would love to see some GG and Oscar noms. Mark Walberg and damn teddy bear had my attention from beginning to end. And I was even trippin out on some in the theater were actually crying in some parts of the film.
But leave the children at home for gods sake. There were like 10 yr old kids next to me and as a responsible adult that I am (did I just write that? LOL), I felt parental and wanted to cuff my hands over there virginal sensitive ears.
Ted could well score Globe nods for Comedy/Musical and Actor in a Comedy/Musical (Wahlberg). Also, they like to throw wildcards into their supporting categories, so Seth MacFarlane (as Ted) is a very, very long shot there.
At the Oscars, it will be lucky if it is remembered in Song, Score, or (unlikely) Visual Effects. One critic said that he expects to see Wahlberg in Best Actor. I don't know what he's smoking (probably a batch of "This is Permanent") but it definitely isn't that type of performance in the least.