This can’t be the solution. After last year’s production failed to free the Academy Awards ceremony from its declining ratings (despite the help of good-looking hipster James Franco and Anne “tasteful nudity” Hathaway…or perhaps because of them?) the boffins in Hollywood have spent the last year trying to come up with ways to rejuvenate the Oscars. Their solution: No more songs.
Time constraints were cited as the reason for the change, which is understandable given the length of the telecast (shockingly long at 4-plus hours, particularly considering the gnat-like attention spans of most these days), but there must be a better way. Especially since one of the best original song nominees is the delightful “Man or Muppet” from Jason Segal’s The Muppets.
Call me weird, but I can think of no better way to enliven the Oscars than getting Segal, composer (and one half of Flight of the Conchords duo) Bret McKenzie, and a chorus of muppets up on that stage. It would be hilarious! And family-friendly! And appeal to the attention spans of hipster youth!
But no. Instead we get Billy Crystal. Who will probably sing. Which is not an adequate replacement. Actually, it’s pretty much the opposite. They’d never do this to Randy Newman. I think I’ll just watch YouTube instead.