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Can Megan Thee Stallion Get Oscar Noms for A24’s ‘Dicks: The Musical’?



Lyrics that embody the phrases “dick,” “fuck” and “pussy” will not be the standard healthful, household content material the Academy’s Music Department tends to acknowledge. However sometimes, they’ve allowed a pair to slide by means of. A24’s “Dicks: The Musical,” the opening evening Midnight Insanity at TIFF, has an onslaught of hilarious and catchy tunes that I want the Oscars could be courageous sufficient to appoint.

With so many hilarious tracks to select from, together with “Gay Old Life” and “The Sewer Song,” Grammy-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion brings down the home along with her supply on the rap and dance quantity “Out-Alpha the Alpha.” It might and must be one of many many songs to contemplate for this yr’s Academy Awards, and distributor A24 confirms they’ll submit the film for Oscar consideration.

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Tailored from stars and writers Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson from their two-person play “Fucking Identical Twins,” the movie tells the story of two alpha-male businessmen, Craig and Trevor, who uncover they’re long-lost an identical twins. This leads the 2 to stage a “Parent Trap”-esque reunion of their eccentric dad and mom (Megan Mullaly and Nathan Lane). Among the many solid is Stallion in her characteristic movie debut as Gloria, the foul-mouth boss with musical swag, and Emmy nominee Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”) as you guessed it: God.

Already brimming with chart-topping songs and massive names from blockbuster motion pictures similar to Billie Eilish (“Barbie”), Jack Black (“The Super Mario Bros. Movie”) and Lenny Kravitz (“Rustin”), it could possibly be troublesome for the Houston rapper to seek out traction for A24’s first-ever musical, but it surely’s deserving.

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The songs had been created by Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge!”) and Karl Saint Lucy, who wrote the music with Jackson and Sharp for the unique stage play. The absurd plotline and unhinged lyrics are nonetheless delicately balanced and really feel match for a Broadway stage. I imply, there’s a sing-along announcing God as homosexual. How are you going to not like it?

The studio has but to substantiate which songs they’ll submit, so they have to select correctly among the many 25 eligible tracks. Per Academy guidelines, not more than two songs from anyone movie by the identical writers could also be submitted or shortlisted.

Along with being an absolute stunner in each body she inhabits, Stallion is greater than keen to “go for it” in her scenes, and I’d be excited to see extra appearing work from her sooner or later.

Directed by Larry Charles, finest recognized for helming “Borat” (2006), the midnight displaying that dropped inflatable dildos throughout the movie’s closing quantity isn’t one thing we’re anticipating the Academy to embrace (if solely they might be that cool). Overtly raunchy comedies will not be their forte, aside from particular situations like Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s animated characteristic “South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut” in finest unique tune. However for each inclusion, there are notable exclusions like “I Love Boobies” from “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.”

Two years after, the Academy randomly introduced Stallion to the ceremony as a performer on the non-Oscar-nominated “Encanto” tune, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” which she had no seen affiliation with. Now, they’ll do it for one thing she contributed in the direction of. Stallion has earned three prime 10 singles on the Billboard Scorching 100 all through her profession, together with the No. 1 singles “Savage” with Beyoncé and “WAP” with Cardi B (coincidentally utilized in Sony Footage’ “Dumb Money” which additionally premiered at TIFF).

Pay attention, it could be greater than amusing to think about the Oscars’ producers having conversations about tips on how to current a efficiency the place the tune incorporates the lyrics: “So get it in line, drop to your knees, and suck my fucking dick.”

Hip hop has naturally confronted adversity with the Academy with three rap tune winners in 95 years – “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile” (2002), “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow” (2005) and “Glory” from “Selma” (2014). Solely the primary two had the “F-word” of their lyrics.

Colourful language isn’t essentially frowned upon by voters. Nonetheless, they nonetheless have to “like” your film and I’d think about many older, extra conservative Oscar voters will tune out after the opening quantity.

But when they need one thing a tad extra acquainted, they’ll select the hysterical split-screen duet between Emmy winners Mullaly and Lane, who’re simply stomach-hurting humorous of their roles.

It’s an extended shot, but when we’re not pushing the Academy to mature their cinematic palettes, they’ll do a lot worse than just a few “Dick” songs.

“Dicks: The Musical” opens in theaters on Sept. 29.

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