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Hear LONELY ISLAND’s Rejected Oscar Song About Overlooked Blockbusters

Hear LONELY ISLAND’s Rejected Oscar Song About Overlooked Blockbusters

We’re still upset The Lonely Island isn’t known as the The “Oscar-Winning” Lonely Island after they got robbed for The LEGO Movie song “Everything is Awesome” they co-wrote with Tegan and Sara. But that’s nothing compared to how bummed we are after learning they wrote an original song for this year’s Academy Awards that got rejected. Because not only is it a touching, sweeping homage to our favorite Hollywood blockbusters that never seem to get Oscar-recognition, it would have required a 200-million dollar budget to produce it.

The band said they were asked to write a song for this year’s show, but their track “Why Not Me?” about how beloved smash hits like Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman, and IT was turned down “because it was ‘financially and logistically impossible.'” In fairness to ABC and the Academy, the storyboard video they made for it would seem to support that.

If this were any other band we would be skeptical they actually wrote this song for the Oscars, but it’s totally plausible for The Lonely Island. When it comes to it being too expensive to film, I don’t know, maybe they could have spent less on all those crystals to make the stage look like a geode. Then they would at least be The “Oscar-Composing” Lonely Island. After another year of Oscars disappointment, the guys must be asking “why not us?”

What do you think of this song? Should ABC have ponied up to make it happen? Chip in your thoughts to our comments section below.

Featured Image: The Lonely Island

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