Celine Dion, the queen of movie soundtracks, has performed at the Oscars a record six times, including when she belted out the nominated ballads from 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast,” 1996’s “Up Close and Personal,” 1997’s “Titanic” and 1998’s “Quest for Camelot.” With some help from her new diva pal Miss Piggy, she could be back at next year’s ceremony singing another love song.
Dion makes her big screen debut in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” appearing in a hilarious cameo during a pivotal, emotional scene in the film. Piggy needs guidance on the eve of her wedding to longtime boyfriend Kermit the Frog, and she turns to Dion for help, which comes in the form of a song they croon together called “Something So Right.”
The tune was written by Bret McKenzie, who previously won the Academy Award for “Man or Muppet,” the 2011 anthem from the “Muppets” reboot starring Jason Segel.
“Singing with Miss Piggy was a huge thrill for me,” Dion tells Variety. “With due respect to all the great singers out there, Miss Piggy may have the best voice in the world.”
When asked about the new song’s Oscars odds, director James Bobin let out a laugh.
“Imagine Piggy and Celine at the Oscars, that would be great,” Bobin says. “I’d love to see that.” Bobin noted that the song’s climax is backed by a “a great choir of Muppet characters, including Beaker and Rowlf the Dog. If you stage that in life, it would be hilarious.”
“It’s a beautiful song,” adds Kermit the Frog. “It’s very sentimental.”
For more about “Muppets Most Wanted,” read this week’s Variety cover story featuring Kermit.