Last night was a historic night for the Muppets franchise when after being nominated twice and losing twice (for the Rainbow Connection and The First Time it Happens respectively) the Muppets finally won the Academy Award for Best Song. Man or Muppet, sung by Walter and Gary in The Muppets beat Real in Rio from the movie Rio in order to win the Muppets their first ever Oscar, as the Academy Awards are also known.
Written by Brett McKenzie, the main reason for the song's inclusion in the film was to have the characters resolve the problem of coming to accept their true selves. Brett himself later revealed he drew inspiration from power ballads written by artists such as Eric Carmen and Harry Nillson while setting the song's tone.
The Muppets also played a minor part in the hosting of the event as Miss Piggy and Kermit introduced the Cirque du Soleil performance.