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Cirque du Soleil to Perform at the Oscars

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27:  The Oscar Statue production display at the Meet the Oscar Exhibit at Grand Central Terminal on February 27, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

The Academy announced today that it will carve out valuable time in its telecast for a brand-new performance from Cirque du Soleil, the first time Cirque has been involved in the broadcast since 2002, when performers danced acrobatically in front of scenes from, uh, Charlie's Angels and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. What better way to pay tribute to the year in film than with a totally unrelated stage performance that plays much better in person than it does on a television set? (Wait, you're saying that a performance from the Muppets would be better? But they're nominated for Best Original Song, why should they perform? And can they ride bikes on tightropes, and in so doing, celebrate film somehow?)

Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images