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Muppets to present, Cirque du Soleil to perform at Oscars

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Disney)

Let’s start with the good: Some Muppets are going to be at the Oscars! But — here’s the bad — probably not in the way you’re hoping for.

Kermit the Frog and BAFTA red carpet hostess Miss Piggy have been added to the ever-growing Oscars presenters list, which already includes Bradley Cooper, Halle Berry and Tom Cruise.

This is great news (who doesn’t love Kermy?) But it’s still pretty tragic that the Oscar-nominated song “Man or Muppet,” from the new Jason Segel-led picture, will (probably) not be performed during the telecast. (Neither will the nominated song from “Rio,” but nobody seems too upset about that. Update: Except commenter, bsumner!)

Don’t the producers know that more than 62,000 people have signed Perez Hilton’s “Get the Muppets on the Oscars” petition? Haven’t they seen Segel’s pleading tweets? Is this, like Uggie’s seeming snub, just a big ruse?

Although the Walter-Gary performance is still in question, we do know the show will not be completely devoid of any entertainment sequences. Producers announced Friday that Cirque du Soleil will perform.

Yes, it seems a little odd that Cirque would be invited to do a performance instead of an Oscar nominee. But it actually makes sense.

Cirque performed at the Oscars in 2002 and later turned that act into a stage show, “IRIS: A Journey Through the World of Cinema.” It’s currently performed year-round at the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars take place.

Like “IRIS,” the act’s music will be composed by four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman. According to a press release, more than 50 performers will be on stage.

How do you feel about Kermit and Miss Piggy coming to the Oscars? How about Cirque? Are you still hoping for a “Man or Muppet” performance? Tell us in the comments.


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