Let the Wild “Weird Al” Yankovic Oscar Speculation Begin

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.30.14 in News

“Weird Al” Yankovic has won three Grammy Awards. He performed at this year’s Emmy Awards (and helped The Simpsons win one when he made a guest appearance in 2003). And, you know, his collected works could probably make a Tony-worthy Broadway musical. What’s left? Well, as Wondering Sound contributor Maura Johnston tweeted today, “WEIRD AL FOR EGOT.”

As Billboard reports, Yankovic stars in a silent film short that could potentially be an Oscar contender. Coming off of his first chart-topping album, this summer’s Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” inhabits the role of Jesus in The Moving Picture Co. 1914. Technically, as befits the master parodist, he plays an actor playing Jesus: Yankovic’s character is “re-enacting the Last Supper for a silent film in 1914, but a chase scene disturbs the supper,” director Mark Kirkland is quoted as saying.

Kirkland has won three Emmys and directed several dozen Simpsons episodes — including the one with Yankovic.  The Moving Picture Co. 1914 won awards for Best Cinematography and Best Short at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival earlier in September. The 22-minute film is reportedly eligible for possible Academy Awards nominations.

Yankovic’s film career goes back to the ’80s. He has generally appeared in comedies, such as 1989′s UHF and the Naked Gun series. The Moving Picture Co. 1914‘s trailer (below) is lighthearted, too. Yankovic, who can be seen toting his signature instrument, the accordion, only makes a passing appearance, so his odds of actually winning an Oscar himself might be as low as the chances he’ll, say, play the Super Bowl. But as another set of satirists portraying Jesus might say, always look on the bright side of life.