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The Muppets bask in Man or Muppet Oscar triumph

The Muppets

Story by Jack Foley

THE Muppets are today basking in the glory of their Oscar success at the 84th Academy Awards where they scooped a golden statuette for Best Original Song, for Man or Muppet.

The music and lyrics for the song were composed by Bret McKenzie and have become a quick favourite among fans of the movie.

In his acceptence speech, McKenzie said: “I grew up in New Zealand watching The Muppets on TV. I never dreamed I’d get to work with them.”

Joking about meeting Kermit for the first time, he said: “Like many stars here tonight, he’s a lot shorter in real life!”

During the press conference, McKenzie discussed creating Man or Muppet, adding: “This was one of those musical numbers where everyone did such a great job.

“James Bobin, the director, did such a cool video; Jason Segel went really deep in his performance both in the recording and on-screen and it just felt like one of those things that fell into place very easily.”

The ceremony took place at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on February 26.

Released in the UK on February 10, The Muppets has proved a huge hit with UK audiences and critics, having taken £12.8million at the UK box office to date.

Watch the Man or Muppet video:

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