Miss Piggy makes her Oscar plea

Press Association15 February 2012

Miss Piggy is campaigning for the Oscars to recognise pigs.

The Muppet diva backed up Steven Spielberg's comments in insisting that the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) should hand out awards to animals.

"For some reason, the Academy has refused to recognise pigs as actors! I can't believe it. I'm one other species, I guess," she said.

While she is holding out for an Oscar nomination for her screen performances, she admitted: "It's not going to happen until they recognise us, to start with."

Babe previously won the statuette for best visual effects in 1996.

Miss Piggy - who reunites with the other Muppets in The Muppets film - suggests she may boycott this year's ceremony, despite The Muppets winning a nomination for best original song.

"I don't know (if I will go). It's wonderful to be nominated in the Best Song category, even if it wasn't a song I sang. As for going to the Oscars, it's hard to feel right about going to an event like that where you're not really welcome," she added.

Her long-time partner Kermit The Frog admitted he has yet to receive his invite.

"I always have my tux on stand-by - it's clean - but frankly, I haven't been invited yet," says the frog.

:: The Muppets is out in cinemas now.

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