Muppet Walter and human Jason Segel sing "Man or Muppet" in the new "Muppets" movie. Can the song take home an Oscar?
Don't ask me to predict the Oscars, I always get them wrong. Especially the best original song category. I'm still bitter about the fact that the awesome "Blame Canada," from "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," lost out to a Phil Collins tune in 2000. (I blame Canada. Or Anne Murray.)
But all would (almost) be forgiven if "Man or Muppet," a hilarious tune from the movie "The Muppets," picks up a best original song Oscar at next year's ceremony. (Bonus: It's written by "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie, who told New York Magazine that "Muppets" star Jason Segel "really channels his inner Meatloaf to slam that power ballad.")
After girlfriend Mary leaves him a note demanding that he decide who (or what) he is, Gary (Segel) wanders through Hollywood singing the mournful tune. Meanwhile, his Muppet brother Walter has the same internal debate.
"Am I a muppet, or am I a man?" the two wonder. Segel finds himself playing the piano with a Muppet who looks like him (and also a little like "Sesame Street's" Guy Smiley) while Walter tickles the ivories with the human he most resembles ... "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons.
Eventually, both Gary and Walter reach similar conclusions. "I'm a Muppet of a man! I'm Muppet Man!" sings Gary, while Walter decides "I'm a very manly Muppet!" But are they Oscar winners? We'll find out in 2012.
In "The Muppets," Gary and Walter musically ponder who they are, and who they should be.
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