The Lonely Island Share Rejected Oscars Song - Thor and Wonder Woman Lament No Nominations | Under the Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Friday, September 29th, 2023  

The Lonely Island Share Rejected Oscars Song - Thor and Wonder Woman Lament No Nominations

"Why Not Me" Not Used in This Year's Oscars Because It Was "Financially and Logistically Impossible"

Mar 05, 2018 The Lonely Island
Bookmark and Share

Musical comedy trio The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) have shared a new song, “Why Not Me,” that the group say was submitted for use in this year’s Academy Awards ceremony (which went down last night), perhaps as part of a filmed sketch. They have shared a video featuring the rough storyboards for the song/sketch and temporary vocals filling in for the famous actors they would have hoped to get in on the act. “Why Not Me” is sung from the perspective of Wonder Woman, Thor, Pennywise from It, and other characters and actors from 2017 films not nominated for Oscars this year, despite (in most cases) being critically acclaimed financial hits (and then there’s Michael Fassbender’s film). Aquaman also makes the case that he’s a better fish-man to fall for than the sea creature in The Shape of Water. The song/sketch was rejected because it was “financially and logistically impossible.” But now you can listen to it below.

The Lonely Island wrote in the YouTube description: “We were asked to write a song for this year’s Academy Awards… Unfortunately, it wasn’t chosen because it was ‘financially and logistically impossible,’ so for fun we thought we’d share the rough storyboards of what would have been a fully shot, star-studded music video of exorbitant cost. All vocals and visuals are temp, so please use your imagination and enjoy!”

Greg Chun is listed as the composer and did some of the singing, alongside Baraka May and The Lonely Island.

Support Under the Radar on Patreon.


Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published


Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

There are no comments for this entry yet.