Now Deadline reports that we won’t even get to see the songs performed at this year’s Oscars! The blame seems to have landed on the awards show’s time constraints; each year it’s a battle to keep it to a neat and hopefully entertaining three hours, and despite protests from Fox and Disney, the songs got cut.
The crime is taking away “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets. It was written by Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie and performed wonderfully by writer-star Jason Segel (not to mention the cameo from The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons). If we could get Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore onstage last year to sing their Tangled song, then we shouldn’t miss out on these relevant, genuinely beloved actors.
If the Academy wanted the Oscars fever to last beyond February 26, they should have included Jason, Jim, and those damn adorable puppets.
The Academy is trying to do damage control by saying that the show isn’t set in stone yet. “Someone ‘leaking’ this possibility to you is just another way for people to try and influence the creative direction of the show,” an insider wrote to Deadline. We only hope they’ll change their minds and book Jason before he finds something better to do.