EXCLUSIVE: Oscars Won’t Perform Both Nominated Songs From ‘Rio’ Or ‘Muppets’

EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: It was bad enough that just about every eligible tune in the Best Original Song category was omitted from this year’s Academy Awards nominations. Or that, due to their complicated voting system, the music branch of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences saw fit to nominate only two songs: Rio’s “Real In Rio”  and The Muppets’  ”Man or Muppet” when well-known artists like Elton John, Mary J. Blige, and Sinead O’Connor also had terrific songs in the mix. But now Deadline has learned that neither nominated song will be performed during the Oscar telecast as things stand now. We understand that both studios — Rio‘s Fox and The Muppets‘ Disney — formally protested the decision to skip but received turn-downs. ”It seems like a huge missed opportunity to me, and we certainly tried,” one song insider just told us. Said another song insider: “It doesn’t make sense. They could have so much fun with Muppets and Rio staging.”

Though this decision sounds firm because of the telecast’s pressure-cooker time constraints, some of those affected hope all-powerful Academy Awards telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer still have a work in progress. “The show is not locked yet. Decisions about this and other things continue to be evaluated by the team trying to produce the most entertaining 3 hours possible,” one authoritative source just emailed us. “Someone ‘leaking’ this possibility to you is just another way for people to try and influence the creative direction of the show. And there have been Oscar shows that did not have the nom songs performed.” Indeed Alan Carr’s infamous 1989 Oscars performed no songs, and another recent broadcast presented a clip reel of the warbling. Hey, for what it’s worth, we want the songs every year.

Comments (44)

  • FINALLY!!!!

    Comment by whatarelief — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 5:44pm PST  
  • DAMMIT I was looking forward to the Debbie Allen “Real in Rio” interpretive dance number

    Comment by rfk — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 5:44pm PST  
  • No problem with this. Never understood why the do the songs live anyway. They don’t make the actors get on stage and act or writers sit behind a keyboard. The category has been reduced to a joke with all the rules and loopholes.

    Comment by Thomas — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 5:54pm PST  
    • The average age of the members voting on the best song…77. What does that tell you. Trust me if it was Streisand they would have the songs included.

      Comment by jvh007 — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 8:47pm PST  
  • uh, yeah, there have been previous telecasts where the songs weren’t performed at all. or merged into some obscene medley.


    Really. 2 songs and they can’t bother? So much for using time as an excuse.

    Comment by brad — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 5:57pm PST  
  • No Muppets at the Oscars? Cue the facebook protest group in 3…2…1…

    Comment by Nick — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 5:58pm PST  
  • How could you turn down the muppets? Seems silly.

    Comment by M — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 6:00pm PST  
  • Didn’t like it, both songs are so good and in Oscars history those moments (the song presentations) were great.

    Comment by Vanildo Junior — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 6:03pm PST  
  • Would have loved to see Jim Parsons on stage.

    Comment by Spandex — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 6:03pm PST  
  • I for one am incredibly bummed to hear that Jason Segel will not be performing Man or Muppet. Real missed opportunity Oscar producers. Would have been fun.

    Comment by TM — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 6:03pm PST  
  • Blame the music branch for making it extremely difficult to even get a nomination that they are just putting themselves out of importance. It’s strange that they can’t seem to fit two songs in– I guess they have some boring montage planned instead

    Comment by Jake — Monday February 6, 2012 @ 6:05pm PST  
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