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‘Man or Muppet’ given no chance at a memorable Oscar performance

Man Walter (Jim Parsons) and Muppet Walter in 'The Muppets'

Oscar nominee Bret McKenzie with the Muppets.

Only two songs were nominated as Best Original Song for the 2012 Academy Awards, and Bret McKenzie’s ‘Man or Muppet’ is one of them. I am very disappointed that neither this song, nor ‘Real in Rio’ from the film ‘Rio’ will be performed.

Song performances at the Oscars happen to be a pretty big deal. One of my favorite Oscar moments was when

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova performing 'Falling Slowly' at the 2008 Oscars.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova performed and won Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” from the gorgeous indie musical Once. It managed to beat out TONS of nominations for Disney’s Enchanted, and this little film that I had already fallen in love with was showcased before the world. Finally.

Another great performance was Three Six Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” which was an amazingly powerful hip-hop work from Hustle & Flow. It was undoubtedly the best performance of the night, and deserved the Oscar that year.

Man Gary (Jason Segel) and Muppet Gary (Bill Barretta) in 'The Muppets'

It isn’t always the winners who are memorable. In 2000, Robin Williams performed “Blame Canada” from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

Every songwriter who is nominated deserves to have their music performed at the Oscars. As a fan of Bret McKenzie for many, many years, I am very

Man Walter (Jim Parsons) and Muppet Walter (Peter Linz) in 'The Muppets'

disappointed that the Academy decided not to include his performance this year.

I hope the Academy will not make the same mistake next year.

Here’s the video for ‘Man or Muppet,’ which, although written by McKenzie, draws a little Ben Folds inspiration during the bridge. Congratulations to all the nominees, and keep entertaining us!

UPDATE: Congrats to Bret McKenzie for Best Original Song! Now go and write more great stuff!

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  • Melissa Lawler February 26, 2012, 3:01 pm

    You are right, Oscar nominated songs deserve to be performed.
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    • Bellesouth
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      February 26, 2012, 3:11 pm

      I know! It’s really disappointing when you know how hard someone has worked to make the perfect song for a film – one that is good enough to be recognized by he Academy – and they don’t get that moment to shine on the stage.

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  • Rerbecca E. Parsons
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    February 26, 2012, 3:22 pm

    i had no idea…how sad about the music

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    • Bellesouth
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      February 26, 2012, 3:31 pm

      I know! Perez Hilton even had a petition going, but still, the Academy said “no.”

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  • Kathy Murphy
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    February 26, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I agree 100% the music in a movies is usually a VIP. Not fair that we don’t get to hear them tonite.
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    • Bellesouth
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      February 26, 2012, 3:37 pm

      I’ve done a little bit more sniffing around, and apparently Kermit got to sing The Rainbow Connection when it was nominated (and lost) in 1980. None of their music has been nominated since.. until this year.

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  • Misty Kearns
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    February 26, 2012, 3:59 pm

    I am not surprised by this, I think the people running the Academy are a bunch of buffoons now. I also cannot believe they are letting Sasha Cohen (Borat) pull his stunt tonight, just distasteful in my opinion… I am sure many of the original, true, star that built Hollywood will be rolling over in their graves tonight…
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    • Bellesouth
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      February 26, 2012, 4:02 pm

      They’re also letting Cirque du Soleil perform. I guess that’s okay, but really? You have time for Cirque du Soleil and not two musical performances by nominees?

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  • April Decheine
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    February 26, 2012, 4:05 pm

    That is so ridiculous, truly, I think I may do some tweeting while watching!
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  • Melissa Rheinlander
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    February 26, 2012, 4:34 pm

    This saddens me!! I LOVE the Muppets and my little one has become quite the fan too :(
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    • Bellesouth
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      February 26, 2012, 4:46 pm

      I know! The Muppets have finally and remarkably been introduced to the kids of our generation. They need to be recognized!

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  • Tiffanie February 27, 2012, 1:29 am

    Man, I was so bored during the Oscars, and it was exactly this! I missed all that music. It really perks up the show, and especially if there are only two nominated songs. Two songs! So easy to fit into the show!

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  • Sarah Coller
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    February 27, 2012, 7:24 pm

    I don’t think I’ve watched the Oscars since I was in grade school…way outta the loop! BUT—on the topic of the Muppets, I watched a documentary last night on Netflix about the guy who does the puppetry/voice for Elmo. WOW! What an awesome story of his life and how he came to be where he is today. Very awesome.
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    • Bellesouth
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      February 27, 2012, 8:04 pm

      I’ve never seen that! I’ll have to look it up. I’m a documentary nerd :)

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