Review of Best Original Song Nominees

So this year only two songs have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song: “Man or Muppet” and “Real in Rio”. Take a listen.

Real in Rio

Man or Muppet

First let me say, I am disappointed that there are only two songs. Either the Academy needs to change their rules or somebody needs to step up and start writing some better songs for movies.

And in reviewing these songs, to me, there is one clear winner. Although “Real in Rio” will make a great half-time, marching band song someday, it just does not even come close to the greatness of the Muppets. First, the song is written by Bret McKinzie of the Flight of the Conchords, who has written some fantastically funny songs, and I would love to see him honored for creating another hit. Second, this song isn’t just funny, but I think it speaks to the heart of most men as we grow up. Are we to lose that crazy, childlike Muppet inside of us to become an “adult” or should we embrace that weird, felt-like, googley-eyed personality? Those of you who know me, know which path I have chosen, which I’m sure at times drives my wife crazy.

“Man or Muppet” is a wonderful song on so many levels and Mister Critic picks “Man or Muppet” to win.

What do you think?

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