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It’s time put on makeup. Its time to dress up right. Its time to raise the curtain on the… Muppets Oscar show? At least, that’s what 19,000 Facebook users (and counting) are hoping for with their latest social media campaign titled — you guessed it — The Muppets Should Host the 2012 Oscars.

While the campaign — which states “The Academy Awards are a sacred American institution. Who better to host the 2012 Oscars than another American institution: The Muppets?”– officially began all the way back in February, yesterday’s news of Eddie Murphy’s departure as Oscar host has given the movement new life. But will the new Oscars producer Brian Grazer go for it? Or will he, as Dave Karger pondered, go with Tom Hanks? Or Steve Martin? (Hey, don’t worry just yet, Muppeteers. You can never underestimate the power of a Facebook campaign. Just ask Betty White.)

Moi? Well, I would personally love to see this. While I’d be just as happy to see Billy Crystal return, or as so many readers suggested, Neil Patrick Harris as host, the Muppets are back in a big way, and quite frankly, they would make spectacular emcees. Kermit could serve as a master of ceremonies, Fozzie Bear could do the opening monologue, Miss Piggy could give biting fashion critiques from the red carpet, the Swedish Chef could cater the entire event, and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem could play along with the orchestra. And with Statler and Waldorf in the balcony? Well, Hollywood would soon long for the days of the softballs Gervais lobbed at them. (But, really, they officially had my vote on this alone.)

Certainly there would be some big trepidations and looming question marks, and understandably so. (How in the world would they be able to do the In Memoriam segment seriously with it introduced by Muppets? Would Jason Segel write the Oscars this year or would they leave it to Bruce Vilanch again?) But, this could be just what the Oscars needs this year. After last year’s hosting misfire, you’d now have the Muppets, whose fans span every possible generation and whose brand of humor would make for a silly, free-spirited night. Plus, after seeing those inspired Muppets teaser trailers, could you imagine the skits and parodies they’d do? Maybe it’s time to get things started, after all.

But, what do you think, PopWatchers? Should the Muppets host the Oscars or is this another Facebook campaign that’s simply gotten overblown? Share in the comments section below!

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