Oscars Not Performing 'Muppets,' 'Rio' Original Song Nominees?
When the Academy Award nominations were announced last month, the Best Original Song category only included two candidates: "Real In Rio" from "Rio," and "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets." Now, it's possible that even those songs will be performed during the Feb. 26 ceremony.
According to Deadline, this year's Oscar telecast is not expected to include performances of either Best Original Song nominee. Fox and Disney -- the studios behind "Rio" and "The Muppets," respectively -- reportedly protested the decision to skip the song performances, but to no avail.
As detailed at the time of the nominations announcement, a convoluted selection system prevented songs like Pink's "Happy Feet 2" song, Zooey Deschanel's "Winnie the Pooh" track and Elton John's work on "Gnomeo & Juliet" from scoring nominations. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie is up for "Man or Muppet," while Sergio Mendes is nominated for "Real In Rio."
The last time the nominees for Best Original Song were not performed during the Oscars telecast was in 2010, when "The Weary Kind" won from "Crazy Heart." In 2010, Peter Gabriel refused to perform when his nominated song, "Down To Earth" from "WALL-E," was used as part of a medley between the three nominees. The performances came back in full force last year, though, with Florence Welch and Randy Newman among the artists taking the stage (Newman took home the trophy for "We Belong Together," from "Toy Story 3").