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Bret McKenzie with his Oscar for "Man or Muppet"

Academy Awards, or "Oscars," are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizing excellence in the film industry. The ceremonies have been held since 1929, and the celebration has been televised beginning in 1953. Jim Henson and the Muppets have received several nominations.

Additionally, the Muppets have made several appearances at these ceremonies.

After over thirty years since their first nomination, the Muppets finally won their first Academy Award in 2012. The trophy was awarded to Bret McKenzie in the Best Original Song category for "Man or Muppet" from 2011's The Muppets. That year, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy made an appearance during the Awards ceremony, and Kermit performed "Rainbow Connection" with Darren Criss during the E! Oscar pre-show.

Nominations & Awards[]


For Time Piece:


  • Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects: Jim Henson, director
    • Lost to Le Poulet, by Claude Berri


For The Muppet Movie:


  • Best Music, Original Song: Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher (for "Rainbow Connection")
    • Lost to Norma Rae, David Shire (music), Norman Gimbel (lyrics) for the song It Goes Like It Goes
  • Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score: Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher


For The Great Muppet Caper:


  • Best Music, Original Song: Joe Raposo (for The First Time It Happens)
    • Lost to Arthur, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen for the song Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)


For The Muppets Take Manhattan:



For The Muppets:



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Carson piggy academy awards 1980
Piggy carson academy awards 1980
April 14, 1980

At the 52nd Academy Awards, Miss Piggy and host Johnny Carson converse about her failure to garner a Best Actress Nomination for her work in The Muppet Movie. To her question whether or not he thought her to be "Oscar material," he replies "Oscar Mayer, maybe."

Kermit the Frog appears and performs his nominated song, "The Rainbow Connection." (Carson also references The Muppet Movie in his opening monologue for the ceremonies, stating that Miss Piggy "had to keep one loin on the floor" to preserve the film's G rating.)

Jim Henson and Jane Henson were featured on camera during the red carpet arrivals.


1982 Oscars photo 01
March 29, 1982

At the 54th Academy Awards, Kermit and Miss Piggy perform "The First Time It Happens" live on stage. As host Johnny Carson quips, Beverly Sills and Luciano Pavarotti were supposed to perform the number, but they were otherwise engaged. Near the middle, Kermit and Piggy dance elegantly and let the pre-recorded background vocalists handle the lyrics, joining in for just a line or two before resuming their duet. The pair also succumb to the sentimental nature of the song, showing greater tenderness and emotional closeness (from both pig *and* frog) than in most appearances. At the end, Miss Piggy gives Kermit a kiss. The cameras cut to the applauding audience (including a shot of Dudley Moore) and then the Muppet stars take a bow, as Miss Piggy blows "Kissy kissy" kisses to all with her handkerchief.

Henson hunt oscars backstage
Oscars backstage
March 24, 1986

At the 58th Academy Awards, Kermit, Scooter and Jim Henson present the award for "Best Short Film, Animated" to Cilia Van Dijk, Producer of Anna & Bella. Kermit gets a bit frazzled when Scooter is physically unable to open the envelope to announce the winner. An appearance by Jim Henson quickly rectifies the situation. Statler and Waldorf also make appearances from the audience during the broadcast of the show. (YouTube) (YouTube)

March 25, 1996

During the 68th Academy Awards, Miss Piggy intercepts a video conference uplink between host Whoopi Goldberg and nominee Babe in order to assert her porcine ranking in Hollywood. Piggy offers to save the show with one of her sensational production numbers she titles "Porkahontas," but instead the audience is saved by the recovery of the initial connection.


February 26, 2012

Kermit and Miss Piggy made an appearance at the 84th Academy Awards. They spoke of their first movie experiences and introduced a Cirque du Soleil act which featured music by Danny Elfman. The duo wore designer clothing to the show. As mentioned in a press statement:

Miss Piggy is wearing a dress by Zac Posen, jewelry from Fred Leighton, shoes by Christian Louboutin, handbag from and hair styled by Kim Kimble. Kermit is wearing a tux from Brooks Brothers

For more on Miss Piggy’s jewels:

1940s amethyst and diamond ring in gold (70.0 carats) –lavender is her signature color after all

1950s diamond and platinum swirl necklace (55 carats) with matching swirl bracelet (40 carats)

Celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble (Beyoncé, Shakira, Kerry Washington) put the finishing touches on Miss Piggy by adding a diamond and platinum headband (approx. 10 carats) and 1040s clip in the back.

In addition to Kermit and Miss Piggy's appearance at the awards ceremony, Kermit also appeared with Darren Criss in the 2012 E! Oscar preshow, a lead-up to their red carpet coverage. Criss and Kermit sang "Rainbow Connection". There was also a solo recording of Criss made. (YouTube)



Oscar presents Slimey the Wormie award.

Oscar - Big Bird's Adventures

Big Bird wins an "Oscar."

Sesame Street Oscar parody
  • In The Muppet Spotlight pilot, Fozzie Bear does a report on the Oscars, lamenting that comedy films were overlooked in favor of "any movie long and really sad." His report specifically references Million Dollar Baby and Jamie Foxx's Best Actor win for Ray; indicating that the pilot was produced in 2005 following that year's Oscars.
  • In The Muppets episode "Little Green Lie", Piggy offers an Academy Awards gift bag to Robin to make him feel better.
  • Leading up to the 95th Academy Awards, Sesame Street's social media accounts posted a parody of the award.[1] Plaza Sésamo's social media accounts posted a similar image along with a parody of the award categories.[2]


Hosting fan campaign[]


2012 Oscar hosting campaign

The Muppets addressing the fan campaign.

In February 2011, one Facebook user started a campaign called The Muppets Should Host the 2012 Oscars, after a largely panned ceremony hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco. In November 2011, after co-producer Brett Ratner stepped down and Eddie Murphy subsequently resigned as well, the Facebook page went viral. By late afternoon on November 10, when Billy Crystal announced on Twitter that he was hosting, well over 20,000 had "Liked" the page.

Some media outlets labelled the page as a publicity stunt, officially run by Disney.[3]

At the London press conference for The Muppets, at the May Fair Hotel, Kermit commented: "I am going to be presenting but not the way you think. I will be at the coat check, presenting people with their coats. It's a whole different job. So yes, I think Billy Crystal is taking all the glory. But you know, Billy's a good friend and we'll wait and see how that works out. Hear that, Billy? I'd love to work with you!"[4]

Later, in December 2018, Miss Piggy tweeted, "A little birdy (aka Twitter) told moi that @TheAcademy still needs a host for the #Oscars. Coincidentally, I’m available for a very reasonable fee: an Oscar of my own to take home."[5] The fan campaign was rebooted after planned Oscar host Kevin Hart quit a few days later.


Oscar autographs kermit piggy

Hosts of the Academy Awards ceremony have included the following:

See also[]

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