As one-half of the New Zealand folk duo Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie has toured the world with his onstage partner Jemaine Clement, serenading audiences with such hilarious tunes as "Bowie", "Foux du Fafa" and "Robots." Now he's helping another crop of characters get their musical comedy groove on: those lovable, indefatigable Muppets. McKenzie served as music supervisor on their highly anticipated comeback vehicle, The Muppets, a job that required him to oversee productions of all of the movie's original songs, including two that he wrote himself. McKenzie spoke with TWoP by phone from L.A. about growing up as part of the Muppet generation, plans for a Conchords reunion and how he learned that Muppet chickens don't sing.
It's been clear for a while now what's going to go down on Oscar night this year, at least in terms of the major categories. The Artist will win Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor; Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will represent The Help for Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively; The Descendants will have to content itself with a Best Adapted Screenplay statue. With those winners -- most of which we're satisfied with if not entirely ecstatic about -- set in stone, here's what we hope to see happen Sunday night to keep the telecast interesting.
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