The “Best Original Song” performances at the Academy Awards are always a crapshoot in terms of quality, but they’re certainly one of the most memorable parts of the show, whether it’s Björk warbling in a swan dress or Robin Williams leading a chorus in “Blame Canada.” This year, as the spectacle continues to fight insane running times, they’ve decided to cut performances of the nominated songs, Vulture reports.
Granted, there were only two nominees — “Real In Rio” from Rio (what?) and “Man Or Muppet?” from The Muppets — but look at the credentials! The former, albeit from a lukewarmly-received animated movie everyone forgot about, was co-written by the legendary Sergio Mendes. The latter was written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, who after many Emmy nominations for FOTC, may actually get on the board towards an EGOT. And for Muppetheads expecting to see an encore performance from Jason Segel, Jim Parsons and the Muppets, this news will probably come as a major drag.
No word yet on whether or not Uggie the Dog, who recently retired from acting as he battles a neurological disorder, will still get to read his moving speech for the honorary Academy Award winners.