Friday, January 13, 2012

The Muppets wins Critics Choice award

Life's a Happy Song has won the Critics Choice award for best movie song of 2011. The song, written by Bret McKenzie beat the other nominees (under which two under other songs from The
Muppets, Pictures in My Head and Man or Muppet) last night  to win the prestigious award last night. The Muppets was also nominated for best comedy but unfortunately lost to Bridesmaids. Nonetheless, a best song award is great news and may be a sign of things to come with the Academy Awards ceremony being held next month. 

Bret McKenzie, composer of the song alongside Kermit
The Critics Choice awards, or Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards  as they're officially called, are yearly awards bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and are typically a good indication of which movies will win a prize at the Oscars. Between 1997 and 2004, the BFCA nominations predicted all but two of 35 Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, something the organisation prides itself on.

Thus far, the Muppets have never won a Academy Award or Oscar although the Rainbow Connection from the Muppet Movie did garner a nomination for the 52nd Academy Awards in 1980. It subsequently lost to "It Goes like it Goes" from Norma Rae. Things weren't all bad for Muppet fans during the ceremony though, as Kermit performed the Rainbow Connection on stage.
Fast forward to 2012 and The Muppets may be the closest to a Academy Award as they've been since 1980. We'll learn more about their chances coming Tuesday, when the Oscar nominees for this year are announced. In the meantime you can listen to this version of the song featuring both Bret and Kermit, practicing  the song:

                                      Could this song help win The Muppets win their first Oscar?

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