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Never say never.
I’m calling it now – best film oscar 2017 will be ‘Sausage Party’.
— Daniel Piper (@panieldiper) September 19, 2016
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Sony is lining up screenings, mailers, ads, and more” to make a legitimate push for recognizing Sausage Party at next year’s Oscars. Why not focus on a more traditional pick to promote? Well, when your studio’s catalog includes The Brothers Grimsby and Angry Birds, you’ve got to make some really sad decisions.
I went to go to bed but then sat straight up at the thought “what if sausage party wins the oscar”
— Stellar New Year 🌠 (@starpopfever) September 12, 2016
For all that people online made fun of it, Sausage Party was actually a hit, pulling in $135 million on a budget of $19 million, which made it the highest-grossing R-rated cartoon in history. Even critics found something to like, collectively cementing an 83 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
But if commercial and critical success were the keys to cleaning up at the Oscars, the first Iron Man movie would’ve swept. Seth Rogen and Co. are gonna need more than a supermarket orgy scene rendered in state-of-the-art computer graphics to claim one of the bald gold guys. Or will they?
Seth Rogen deserves an Oscar for that orgy scene in Sausage Party.
— Kyle E. Dey 🏳️🌈 (@KyleEDey) September 11, 2016
Oh god, what if this happens? “Academy members are way smarter and more forward-thinking than people realize,” Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman told the Hollywood Reporter. “They want to recognize bold, original, risky breakthroughs, and that’s what Sausage Party is, however subversive. Plus, it’s just plain cool.” No, it’s not. It’s really just not.
Fine. Burn it all down. We deserve this. But just know that if we give Sausage Party an Oscar—even just a “Best Original Song” for the Disney parody that opens the film—we are opening the door to the sequel that Rogen already wants to make. “It’s something we talk about, yeah,” he said in August on the subject. Yep, Sausage Party 2. Think about that.
Especially if you’re a voting member of the Academy.
H/T AV Club
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'