Sunday’s Oscars will mark the Muppets’ fifth appearance at the Academy Awards. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, stars of 2011’s The Muppets, which is the third Muppet movie to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, will be at the ceremony to introduce a surprise. “Something very special,” Kermit told EW yesterday. That is, of course, if Piggy’s deal closes. As we learned when we interviewed the power couple alongside Academy president Tom Sherak, she’s demanding to take home an Oscar statuette after years of being snubbed for her acting. She’s also outraged on Kermit’s behalf. Did he not play twins with Fozzie in The Great Muppet Caper? Did he not suffer amnesia in The Muppets Take Manhattan?
Watch Piggy grill Sherak about why the Academy refuses to recognize them in part 1 of the interview below. In part 2, we find out that Piggy shares our disappointment that Shame’s Michael Fassbender was also snubbed this year.
For those wondering, Kermit also told EW that in spite of the online petition asking for the Muppets to host the Oscars this year, he’s fine with Billy Crystal receiving the honor for the ninth time. “He needs the work,” he quipped. He also said he’s not jealous of the attention The Artist’s Uggie has been receiving this awards season. “I have only briefly met Uggie,” Kermit said. “I think he was excellent in that film. I think he was all black and white. You know, there’s no real gray area there. But I think he deserves it.”
“He wasn’t nominated either though,” Piggy added, shooting Sherak another look.