Coens' 'Please Mr. Kennedy' displeases Oscars committee

  • Blog Post by: Colin Covert
  • December 17, 2013 - 5:06 PM

The Coen brothers have shared Academy Awards for best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay. So they really don’t mind that their musical contribution to “Inside Llewyn Davis” is ineligible for a best original song Oscar.

“Yeah, the best song performances are always what everybody looks forward to at the Academy Awards,” Ethan scoffed during a recent phone conversation. 

"Celine Dion," Joel said with a dreamy sigh.

Persnickety Academy rules disqualified their space race parody track “Please Mr. Kennedy” despite the contributions of Oscar-winning music producer T Bone Burnett at the mixing board and pop superstar Justin Timberlake at the microphone. It was just too similar in style to some other Sputnik-era comedy ditties.

Alas for the spaceship-themed Debbie Allen dance extravaganza that might have been!

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