Unfortunately, there were no performances at the Oscars by the two Music (Original Song) nominees. With Bret McKenzie winning the award for “Man Or Muppet” from The Muppets, we would have liked to see Jason Segel and his felt friends on stage for a rendition of the song (the Oscars thought they could satiate us with a very bizarre Cirque de Soleil performance, but they were wrong). McKenzie beat out musicians Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and lyricist by Siedah Garrett for their song “Real In Rio” from Rio. In his acceptance speech, McKenzie thanked Jim Henson and co. for the “magical world” of the Muppets, saying it was “a true honor to work in the shadows of such legends.” McKenzie also adorably gave a shout out to Kermit The Frog, saying, “He’s just a normal frog, and like many stars here, he’s a lot shorter in real life.”
Man Or Muppet
Oscar nominations have been revealed today and everyone is talking, especially in the category we’re more concerned with — Music (Original Song) — where just two songs were nominated. One of the nominated songs, “Man Or Muppet” from The Muppets (written by Bret McKenzie who is probably best known for Flight Of The Conchords), was an obvious choice, already being nominated for, and winning, a CCMA this year. Up against the favorite is “Real In Rio” from Rio, with music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett.
Both nominated songs are from “children’s films” (although that’s a tenuous way to describe movies these days given the propensity of traditionally “child friendly” subjects and visuals to be brushed over with a sleek wit to appeal to adult audiences in equal measure), and there’s a notable absence of music from dramas or “adult movies.” Strange then, that Elton John’s “Hello Hello” from Gnomeo & Juliet shouldn’t be nominated in this category, especially as it has previously been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Stranger still that Madonna’s “Masterpiece” from W.E. wasn’t nominated, given that it beat out “Hello Hello” at the Golden Globes to take home the award.
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The Muppets‘ new movie has hit the big screen and being received the way all Muppets should be received — with laughter, excitement, and a resounding standing ovation. Now, a video for one of the movies songs, “Man Or Muppet,” which is also up for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song has its own video. Not content with just a CCMA nod, Jason Segel says of the track “I think that ‘Man or Muppet’ should be nominated for an Academy Award. You can put that in print.” The song, written by Bret McKenzie of Flight Of The Conchords fame, is a coming of age/growing up story full of both human and puppet emotion. Starring in the video alongside Segel is a ravishing yet adorable Amy Adams and Jim Parsons as a human incarnation of the Muppet, Walter. The video, even its sentimental subject matter doesn’t miss a Muppet beat, with hints of comical irreverence, a cameo by Kermit and ultimate wholesome goodness.