September 26, 2016

Oscars: The Academy won’t perform “Muppets” and “Rio” songs at the Oscars – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It doesn’t matter if you are a Muppet or a man. The Academy still doesn’t want to hear your song on Oscar night.

The Academy has decided not to perform the Oscar-nominated songs from “Rio” and “The Muppets” at this year’s Academy Awards, according to Deadline. It’s the latest change to the awards format in an effort to shake up a telecast that has grown decidedly stale in the past few years.

“It seems like a huge missed opportunity to me, and we certainly tried,” one song insider told the site, while another added, “It doesn’t make sense. They could have so much fun with Muppets and Rio staging.”

The site adds that the show is not locked yet, and the producers could change their mind, but why? The show’s too long as it is. Keep cutting. Get rid of most of the categories. Hand out the top eight categories, and shift the rest to a separate ceremony.

When it comes to the Oscars lately, people want less. The ceremony needs to be streamlined, and if it means Randy Newman doesn’t get to sing “Muppet or a Man,” I’m OK with that.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, 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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2 Comments

  • February 6, 2012 | Permalink |

    …because singing songs would actually be considered entertaining. Can’t have that at the Oscars.

  • February 6, 2012 | Permalink |

    Why would Randy Newman sing “Man or Muppet”..? It would make more sense to have Jason Segel and Walter perform it, with Bret McKenzie on piano…

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