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Auto-tuning the Oscars: The Gregory Brothers' music to movie mash-up

February 28, 2011 |  5:30 pm

The Gregory Brothers, musicians best known for their auto-tuning technique in which they turn a film's dialogue into song, hit the biggest stage of their careers on Oscar night. Their movie mash-up of Unintentional  Musicals, hailed as one of the favorite moments of the telecast, featured clips from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," "Toy Story 3" and "Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

Of "Harry Potter," Michael Gregory, the band's drummer and audio technician, said, "When I saw Ron Weasley's monologue when he reunited with Hermione, I knew that had to become a booty jam as soon as possible."

The group, a quartet comprising Michael, his brothers Evan and Andrew and Evan's wife, Sarah, worked for a couple of months on the video mash-up and had relative freedom to do their own thing. One segment that was cut out of the telecast was their take on the big Oscar winner of the night, "The King's Speech," which, according to Michael, is "the most gangsta moment of the House of Windsor."

The Gregory Bros.' two-minute video, including "The King's Speech" segment but without the "Social Network" segment that aired on the telecast, is below. Why the swap? Maybe the Oscar producers felt "The Social Network" wasn't getting enough love over the course of the show. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments field.


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-- Nicole Sperling