One of the things that struck me about last night’s Oscars is just how dull they were. There was hardly any creativity, and I can’t help but wonder if the show would have been a bit more creative and dropped a montage in favor of something fun and different. For their part, The Lonely Island submitted a pretty great idea for a sketch that would honor movies that never win Oscars. In a disclaimer, the Lonely Island says the song they were asked to write was scrapped because it was “financially and logistically impossible” and in some ways that’s true. You’re not going to get Michael Fassbender to sing about how badly The Snowman performed, and there was definitely a lot of star power in the whole arrangement.
And yet the point of the song still holds, which is that the Oscars tend to be kind of genre averse even in years like this one where they recognized The Shape of Water, Get Out, and Blade Runner 2049 over more traditional fare like Darkest Hour and The Post. I wouldn’t be surprised if this idea was shot down in part because it’s promoting the kind of movies that scare the Academy—blockbusters taking over the last space of lower-budget films. That’s not a completely unreasonable fear, but at the same time, it’s kind of insane that a film like IT wasn’t even nominated for Best Makeup (and then again, neither was The Shape of Water). At the very least, we should have a Best Chris category.
Check out the song below. Let’s hope that next year the Academy gives The Lonely Island whatever they want to do whatever they want. I’d also think a retroactive award for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping wouldn’t be out of the question.