With The Muppets being released about a month ago, Disney put it out into the public eye just in time for the movie to be considered for award show nominations. It's finally awards season and the nominations are rolling in. Yesterday, nominations for The Critics Choice Awards were announced and The Muppets hit all the right categories, being nominated for Best Comedy and Best Song for three songs from the film. Below are the entire list of nominations for Best Comedy and Best Song to show off the competition The Muppets faces when The 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards airs on January 12, 2012 on VH1.
Crazy Stupid Love
Midnight in Paris
"Hello Hello" from Gnomeo and Juliet
"The Living Proof" from The Help
"Life's a Happy Song" from The Muppets
"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets
"Pictures in My Head" from The Muppets
The Muppets faces very steep competition in the Best Comedy category, with Bridesmaids, Crazy Stupid Love, and Horrible Bosses being big blockbusters with great reviews... but The Muppets may be able to hold its own against them. But either way, it's huge that they even got nominated.
As for Best Song, if I may editorialize a bit, I think The Muppets has this one in the bag. I feel like "Life's a Happy Song" has the best chance of winning here (as well it should), but "Man or Muppet" is probably a close second there. Even though Gnomeo and Juliet totes Elton John and The Help has Mary J. Blige, I don't think either song has the lyrical or musical prowess to take down "Life's a Happy Song." I guess we'll find out on January 12th!
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that Golden Globe nominations came out today, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) completely snubbed The Muppets in all categories. This could be due to two factors... one, The Muppets has not been released in many non-U.S. markets yet, and the HFPA is comprised of journalists from Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, and The Muppets has yet to be released in most of these countries, so the voters aren't as informed, unfortunately. The second reason is that the Golden Globes are notoriously against nominating family films; in 2010, they nominated Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland over Toy Story 3 for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical). Both are great films, but the critical acclaim and success of Toy Story 3 is incomparable to Alice in Wonderland. So, basically what I'm saying is don't worry about the lack of Golden Globe nominations for The Muppets. The Academy Awards are much more favorable for family films (in recent years), and The Muppets is sure to rack up at least a Best Song nomination there, if not more.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, firstname.lastname@example.org