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Could the Muppets replace Eddie Murphy as Oscar host? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. According to an instantaneous Twitter movement, it’s time for the Academy to make the right move by naming Kermit, Miss Piggy and their fellow Muppets as the Oscar hosts tonight.

The Twitter page @MuppetOscars popped up this afternoon and already has attracted more than 2,300 followers and more than 4,000 Facebook likes. The hashtag #muppetoscars started popping up on Tweets by Twitch editor Scott Weinberg and InContention columnist Kris Tapley.

“The Oscars are on ABC. Disney owns ABC. The Muppets is a Disney joint. MAKE THIS HAPPEN,” Tapley wrote.

Can Eddie Murphy be replaced as the host of the 84th Academy Awards by Kermit the Frog? Unlikely. This comes across as a pleasant pipe dream, a rainbow connection between fans of Jim Henson’s Muppets, the upcoming “Muppets” movie, and the Oscars.

But more realistic options are being discussed elsewhere. On Grantland, the editorial staff tosses out names like Billy Murray (wouldn’t ever happen), Neil Patrick Harris (probably should happen), Hugh Jackman (he has history with the show) and Billy Crystal (he has even more history with the show).

So the Academy has options. But they need to make the right decision if they hope to reverse some of this PR nightmare and get the Academy Awards back on track.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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