Ryan Murphy’s Greatest Academy Awards Upset

It involves the Muppets and Sally Field.

Watch out Academy voters because Ryan Murphy is still bitter about a decision you made almost 40 years ago.

Long before he was pitting Susan Sarandon and Joan Crawford against each other as classic Hollywood divas—the TV mogul loved hosting his annual Academy Awards sleepover with his friends. Yes, they were sleepovers because he was seven, as he reveals in his Hollywood Reporter guest column.


This was before social media where now you constantly know what a celebrity is doing, back then Murphy described them as “unicorns” that you “didn’t really see very much. So when you watched the Academy Awards, it really was a great, special celebration of glamour, and you felt this national excitement around it.”

But just because he was obsessed with the Oscars doesn’t mean he always picked the winners.

“I’ve lost many an Oscar pool,” writes Murphy. “My most devastating loss was when ’Rainbow Connection’ from The Muppet Movie lost the original song Oscar to the theme from Norma Rae. I’m still fuming about that one.”

Now we all know that Rainbow Connection is a classic, but “It Goes Like It Goes” from Norma Rae is a nice song too! Is it being sung by Justin Timberlake on SNL? No. But Academy voters don’t always have the greatest track record when picking the most deserving Best Song of the year (we’re looking at you, Hustle & Flow).

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As for this year’s ceremony? Let’s just hope Murphy’s a La La Land fan…

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