This year’s Academy Award show is sure to be quite musically entertaining. The Oscars, which airs live at 5:30 p.m. PST Sunday on ABC and hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will include performances from artists Pharrell Williams, Bette Midler, Pink, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, Idina Menzel, (Disney’s Frozen) U2, and Karen O.
Many of the musicians will perform hit singles that have been nominated for original song. Pharrell Williams will sing “Happy” from the animated movie Despicable Me 2, Idina Menzel will offer the number “Let It Go” from Disney’s incredibly popular motion picture Frozen, U2 will play “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Karen O. will present “The Moon Song” from the film Her.
Midler and Pink have not yet revealed which segment they will score. One could perform the Oscar’s hero’s tribute while the other sings the In Memoriam piece. Viewers will have to watch to find out. This will be both women’s first time performing on the Oscar stage.
Judy Garland’s three children, Minnelli and Joey and Lorna Luft, plan to perform The Wizard of Oz’s 75th anniversary tribute together on stage for this remarkable event.
Soundtracks that were wrongfully passed over for a nomination
Although many hopefuls were left off the ballot, Sunday’s music performances are sure to dominate the stage at the Oscars. There are several extremely dynamic soundtracks that should have made the list though, according to music critics.
The soundtrack from The Great Gatsby, featuring executive producer Jay Z, along with Lana del Rey, Florence and The Machine, will.i.am, The xx, Nero, and The Black Eyed Peas offer a delightful array of songs that should have been nominated in the music categories.
Del Rey’s moody ballad “Young and Beautiful” was supposed to have been on the ballot for original song, but according to a Deadline report in December, an envelope from an anonymous source was mailed to several members of the Academy’s music selection committee. The letter contained a fake article from Variety.com’s website, claiming that del Rey’s song was not eligible for the Best Song nomination because of a slight detail that was overlooked about The Great Gatsby’s updated release date. Soon after, the Academy members discovered the article had been falsified. Unfortunately, due to the scandal, del Rey was left off the final list of contenders.
Another impressive soundtrack that might have been snubbed was from the Coen’ Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. The album was compiled by T Bone Burnett (producer of O Brother, Where Art Thou? album) and features acoustic songs by Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.
In addition, unlikely candidate Composer Bruce Broughton’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the independent Christian film of the same title, was initially nominated for the Best Original Song category only to be removed later. It was later revealed that the composer sent out an e-mail to 70 members of the Oscars encouraging them to consider his song for the list. And due to the fact that Broughton has a position of pull as an executive committee member of the music department of the Academy and was formerly an Academy governor until 2012, his sway with voters was questioned.
Regardless of which artists were nominated, it is clear that the Oscars will be jam-packed with vibrant, engaging musical performances throughout the evening by many of the industry’s most gifted entertainers.
Editorial By Amy Nelson