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 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.
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
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!