The Lonely Island Wrote The Best Song For The Non-Oscar Nominees

Credit: The Lonely Island

The 90th Academy Awards were filled with jet skis, hot dog cannons, jokes, a double EGOT winner, and Helen Mirren doing her best Vanna White. What it was missing, however, was something that recapped the past year in film.

Let’s be honest, 2017 had some pretty impressive films. A number of these films were left out of the Academy Awards for various reasons, I’m sure.

Apparently, The Lonely Island, the musical comedy group comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, penned a song about the nominees that didn’t make the cut. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be made.

According to the group’s Twitter, “We wrote a song for this year’s Oscars that was overly ambitious (expensive and a logistical nightmare) so it wasn’t produced. But here is a demo storyboard version for your enjoyment!”

The rough-cut demo entitled “Why Not Me” features the following: Gal Gadot taking shots a Daniel Day Lewis, Pennywise the clown, all the Chris’ in Hollywood harmonizing, and, apparently, an interlude of Vin Diesel in the character of Dominic Toretto from the Fast and Furious franchise.

Originally, the group was asked to write the song for this year’s ceremony.

Hopefully, next year we’ll actually get to see one performed.

For real though, the video itself is absolutely hilarious. If they just submitted that, then I would have been happy.

Check out the video below. You can see our list of Oscar winners here.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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