While it is not the Academy Awards by any means, Mark Wahlberg, a big time film actor, has been chosen as the host for the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards, which airs on Nickelodeon.
The show is known for acknowledging works that deal with film and television that is aimed toward children. The award show is set to air in March, although the nominations will be announced at some point in February.
Despite the fact that Mark Wahlberg has been seen in mostly action films throughout his career, and most recently the war film Lone Survivor, his personal life is much different. He has four kids with his wife Rhea Durham, and as a family man away from the screen, he will be right at home as a host of Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.
Mark Wahlberg started his career as a rapper with the name Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, and has since become a well-respected and Oscar nominated actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese and The Fighter, directed by David O. Russell.
He has also starred in several other notable films including Ted, Boogie Nights, and The Other Guys. He is currently working on a new reality series that stars him and his brothers called The Wahlburgers.
Russell Hicks, who is Nickelodeon's President OF Content and Devleopment, said of Mark Wahlberg's upcoming hosting gig that "We are thrilled to welcome a superstar like Mark Wahlberg as he takes the helm as our master of ceremonies at the biggest kid event of the year."
In addition to his acting career, Mark Wahlberg has served as a producer on two different hit HBO shows, Boarrdwalk Empire and Entourage. As the producer of Entourage, he is also back with the crew as they begin filming their upcoming Entourage film.
The ceremony will be held at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, and will air live on March 29th.
Before Mark Wahlberg, actors such as Will Smith and Ben Stiller have hosted the Kids' Choice Awards, among others.
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