EntertainmentOscars to Feature All Five Best Song Nominees On Telecast After All (EXCLUSIVE)
Oscars: Most of the Best Song Nominees Won’t Perform on Telecast
Only two of this year’s five Oscar-nominated songs may be performed live on the Academy Awards show Feb. 24, Variety has learned. Multiple sources tell Variety that the two biggest chart hits — Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” — are the two chosen by Academy execs and show producers for performance on the telecast.
The Motion Picture Academy, responding to a widespread backlash to its initial plan to only spotlight two of thenominees on the Oscarcast, is now planning to have all five nominated songs performed on the Feb. 24 show, Variety has learned.
Earlier today, the Academy tweeted that Jennifer Hudson would perform “I’ll Fight,” the Diane Warren-penned song from the documentary “RBG.” A subsequent tweet announced a “spoiler” that “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” would be “performed by a surprise special guest” — leaving open the question of whether Emily Blunt, who performed it in the film, would count as a surprise.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Oscars Best-Song Performance Shocker
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has called the news of a mostly performance-less Oscars ceremony “disappointing.” Variety exclusively learned that only two of this year’s five-Oscar nominated songs may be performed live at the Academy Awards show on Feb. 24. Sources said Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” were chosen for performances on the telecast. “The 1st time I stayed up to watch the Oscars, it was because I LOVED The Little Mermaid & they were going to sing songs from the movie I loved on The Oscars,” the “Mary Poppins Returns” star tweeted.
Previously, the plan had been to include only the top 10 hits “Shallow,” from “A Star Is Born,” and “All the Stars,” from “Black Panther.”
Producers last week told representatives for the remaining three nominees that there wasn’t time to perform all five songs in a streamlined show. But now, sources tell Variety that offers have gone out to reps from all five to perform the songs, although in truncated, 90-second form.
It is not yet clear whether any of the performers associated with the nominated songs besides Hudson have accepted Academy offers to perform — among them Blunt, Lady Gaga (“Shallow”), Kendrick Lamar and SZA (“All the Stars”) and Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson (“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”).
The Oscars Can't Seem To Get Any Decision Right
The Oscars are a hot mess. Responding to widespread criticism — including from big names like actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Kerry Washington and directors Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced late Friday that it was backtracking on its plan to truncate next Sunday’s ceremony by relegating several technical and craft awards to the show’s commercial breaks. It was at least the fourth major announcement that the academy, which awards the Oscars, has been forced to roll back in recent months — all proposed as ways to revamp the show to improve declining ratings.
Sources say that the nominees were talking among themselves last week and that some agreed that solidarity was important, and that a united front of “perform them all” or “perform none of them” might work as a tactic. Whether that happened is not clear.
The Academy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
On top of that, there remains the possibility of more music still on the telecast: Word has circulated that Queen received an invitation to open the show, although there’s been no confirmation from either their camp or the Academy.
Related slideshow: The 2019 Academy Awards Nominations (via Photo Services)
"BlacKkKlansman" (Focus Features)
"The Favourite" (Twentieth Century Fox)
"Green Book" (Universal)
"Black Panther" (Walt Disney Studios)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Twentieth Century Fox)
"VICE" (Annapurna Pictures)
Lady Gaga, "A Star Is Born"
Melissa McCarthy, "Can You Ever Forgive Me"
Glenn Close, "The Wife"
Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"
Yalitza Aparicio, "Roma"
Willem Dafoe, "At Eternity's Gate"
Rami Malek, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Viggo Mortensen, "Green Book"
Christian Bale, "VICE"
Bradley Cooper, "A Star Is Born"
Regina King, "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Emma Stone, "The Favourite"
Rachel Weisz, "The Favourite"
Marina De Tavira, "Roma"
Amy Adams, "VICE"
Richard E. Grant, "Can You Ever Forgive Me"
Sam Rockwell, "VICE"
Adam Driver, "BlacKkKlansman"
Sam Elliot, "A Star Is Born"
Mahershala Ali, "Green Book"
Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma"
Spike Lee, "BlacKkKlansman"
Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Favourite"
Pawel Pawlikowski, "Cold War"
Adam McKay, "VICE"
“Isle of Dogs”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
"Never Look Away" (Germany)
"Cold War" (Poland)
Best Animated Short
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Live Action Short
Best Film Editing
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Production Design
Best Sound Mixing
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Oscars: Women, People of Color Triumph on Night of Firsts (and Seconds).
Oscar Sunday marked a night of important firsts — and seconds — for diverse artists and filmmakers and their Hollywood contributions. The 2019 telecast started making history almost immediately. After Regina King accepted best supporting actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Ruth E. Carter became the first African American woman to ever win best costume design, for her work on Marvel’s “Black Panther.” “I dreamed of this night and I prayed for this night honestly…what it would mean not just for me but for young people coming behind me,” Carter told press backstage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater.
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