Next years Oscar awards are in a bit of a pickle, thanks to the recent departures of both host Eddie Murphy and producer Brett Ratner, which rocked headlines today. A few hours ago, it was announced that Brian Grazer will be replacing Ratner. However, it still leaves the Academy Awards down a host and people are looking towards Jim Henson’s Muppets to host, which would be a first for the awards show.
A Facebook page has been advocating for the Muppets to host the Oscars since February 28th and now appears to be gaining traction thanks to this Murphy Ratner shenanigans. Kermit, Ms. Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang may be one step closer to that reality. The Oscars themselves are aired on ABC, owned by Disney and they own the Muppet franchise-and they just so happen to be releasing the latest Muppets movie on November 23rd. A reasonable possibility it seems. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Beaker (Meep) giving out the award for Best Director?
Granted, using puppets instead of a living cast is going to change a few things (more tables), but having a fuzzy cast of characters on broadcast television could bring in a much younger viewing audience. Of course that would make the Academy Awards relevant and why would they want that? In other words, this probably is never gonna happen. Meep!