Here’s the song “Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis.
The song utilized too many elements from actual songs to qualify for the Oscars, so it was disqualified. Shame, because the scene is a key moment in the film, provides a great comedic break, and also, the song is pretty damn catchy.
The last two years of the Oscars have been missing the performing of the songs in the Best Song Category. Mainly, this is to save time in the telecast. One cannot argue with a more efficient show.
However, I’d like to suggest that, this year, they include a performance of “Please Mr. Kennedy”:
1) You get Justin Timberlake performing. Not only is he a natural as a host and live performer, but he’ll also bump your numbers for that segment of the show.
2) The show inevitably includes at least 1-2 musical numbers to highlight a montage or theme. This year’s show theme has to do with heroism. Musical heroes are a strong presence in film (dating back to The Jazz Singer and going through the ages with Yankee Doodle Dandy, Ray, and Walk the Line. Having this song performed as part of a medley of movie-songs dedicated to unsung musical heroes makes (a little) sense.
3) Many feel that Inside Llewyn Davis was passed over for Oscar nominations and many other awards, and frankly I’d agree that Oscar Isaac was completely overlooked. So, this is a good way to make a nod to the film (and the Coens) that, hey, they’ve still got it.
4) Because we all want to see if Adam Driver can do his bass voice live standing next to JT.