Best Original Song performances are back

Posted by · 9:31 am · February 4th, 2011

The Academy’s Twitter feed just noted the following:

You heard it 1st: Best Song performances are back for 83rd #Oscars! Gwyneth Paltrow set to sing…more on the way.

To which I say: Great.  It was grossly disrespectful, I thought, to suddenly jerk them from the telecast last year (and if you heard some of the things being said of the nominees — by the telecast’s producers — behind the scenes last year, you might have been riled up a bit, too).  I think Ryan Bingham missed out on a great opportunity to reach a global audience with one of the best winners in that category in some time.

But anyway, obviously they see having someone like Gwyneth Paltrow perform on the show (as she did recently on the CMT awards) as a ratings asset.  Ditto Mandy Moore (who will be performing “I See the Light” with Zachary Levi and Alan Menken).  A.R. Rahman will do “If I Rise” with Florence + the Machine (no Dido) and Randy Newman will be there to belt out “We Belong Together.”

Check out the Oscar Guide to Best Original Song here.

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  • 1 2-04-2011 at 9:35 am

    JJ1 said...

    Yes. I, too, am happy the songs are back in. I mean, come on. The show is long already. People who tune in have watched before (with the songs being sung). Why not throw in some songs? I’m all for the tradition (of having them in). And we obsess for 12 months about the Oscars. Might as well let ’em sing.

  • 2 2-04-2011 at 9:36 am

    Hans said...

    Twitter’s amazing. Anyway, glad that they are back. And this means no Best Original Score Interpetive dance nonsense too, hopefully.

  • 3 2-04-2011 at 9:37 am

    Hans said...

    What were the producers saying, Kris? I vaguely recall something about them not being famous.

  • 4 2-04-2011 at 9:39 am

    Zack said...

    I’m just kinda bummed because I liked last year’s nominees way better than this year’s.

  • 5 2-04-2011 at 9:40 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Hans: General grumbling that the songs were “uninteresting,” i.e., “won’t net me any ratings.”

  • 6 2-04-2011 at 9:40 am

    Gabriel D. said...

    Aw, that’s great news!

    But, what about Dido? I was really looking forward to listen to her.
    I’m disapointed!

  • 7 2-04-2011 at 9:44 am

    Maxim said...

    It’s nice to see that AMPAS at last saw the light and had the best original song nominees coming home to the ceremony. Now if only they rise to the occasionally everyone will see that oscars and songs belong together.

    (the awfulness was intentional).

  • 8 2-04-2011 at 9:56 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I was looking forward to seeing the “Social Network” choreography, actually.

  • 9 2-04-2011 at 9:57 am

    SC said...

    Florence + The Machine? Awesome!

  • 10 2-04-2011 at 9:58 am

    Estefan said...

    It would be amazing if they unleashed lanterns for “I See the Light”, but I imagine that will be a fire-hazard in the making. At the very least, put Moore and Levi in costume on a boat and have the lanterns projected behind them. That would make my night. :-)

    And I look forward to the usual sight of Randy Newman sitting at the piano.

  • 11 2-04-2011 at 10:00 am

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Oh, Maxim, that *is* awful… I love it!

  • 12 2-04-2011 at 10:03 am

    Derek 8-Track said...

    Great News!

  • 13 2-04-2011 at 10:05 am

    Will said...

    Only worth it if they bring back Debbie Allen. Train wreck dance numbers are a must.

  • 14 2-04-2011 at 10:06 am

    Maxim said...

    “Nicolas Mancuso said…

    Oh, Maxim, that *is* awful… I love it!”

    Thank you, Sir :) !

  • 15 2-04-2011 at 10:37 am

    tdr said...

    Why are they replacing Dido with Florence+The Machine? Is it to get bigger raitings or Dido is not available? She is after all nominated for the damn song, why not let her perform it?

  • 16 2-04-2011 at 10:40 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    tdr: I’m sure they extended an invitation. My guess is she’s unavailable or declined.

  • 17 2-04-2011 at 10:44 am

    tdr said...

    Thanks, Kris.
    I was just thinking how awkward it would be if she attended the ceremony(since she’s among the nominees) and someone else performed her song.

  • 18 2-04-2011 at 10:45 am

    Kyle said...

    Having to suffer through “Country Strong” is gonna be roooouuggghhh.

  • 19 2-04-2011 at 10:49 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    I assume Dido must not be available or something. However, it’ll be awesome hearing Florence sing it. I just hope she doesn’t over sing it, and keeps it subdued like it’s meant to be.

    I’m also excited for Gwyneth’s performance (though I’m disappointed when I think how it could’ve been Gwyn performing with her husband on “Me and Tennessee”) , and I’m happy that Mandy Moore and Zack Levi will get to sing “I See The Light”.

  • 20 2-04-2011 at 10:50 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    @”Country Strong” isn’t nominated. It’s “Coming Home”, a much better song.

  • 21 2-04-2011 at 10:51 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    @Kyle- “Country Strong” isn’t nominated. It’s “Coming Home”, a much better song.

  • 22 2-04-2011 at 10:57 am

    LostBoy68 said...

    With Alan Menken performing with the “Tangled” duo, something tells me these will all be bare bones “stand there and sing the song around the piano or in front of the band” bits, all shoved into one production number.

    I think last year Miss Shankman wasn’t too happy that “Cinema Italiano” wasn’t nominated, his one chance to do a big dance number, so he cut them all in favor of the dance to the scores (never a good idea).

  • 23 2-04-2011 at 11:16 am

    Gabriel D. said...

    tdr: just like Celine Dion who’d performed two songs in 1996, because Barbra Streisand was unavalaible. Well, Babs cancelled the night before the show, so Celine had to learn the song on the ceremony day…

  • 24 2-04-2011 at 11:56 am

    maurier said...

    Florence & The Machine at the Oscars- I just have to see it!

  • 25 2-04-2011 at 1:18 pm

    Andrej said...

    Nice! A pity for Dido, but I like Florence + the Machine as well :D

  • 26 2-04-2011 at 2:11 pm

    cineJAB said...

    Florence + the Machine…this just made my day!

  • 27 2-04-2011 at 3:13 pm

    Andrea said...

    May they all crash and burn! Fall off the stage a break a leg will ya.

    And no I haven’t gotten over the Cher snub.

  • 28 2-04-2011 at 3:22 pm

    Js said...

    I’m still kinda shocked they didn’t nominate Cher or Christina’s songs from Burlesque. If they were looking for interesting performances, they at least would have gotten that with them. I saw on Vulture’s site that Oscar producers were so sure that Cher was going to be nominated in the song category that they had a whole comedy routine set up with James Franco being dressed up as Cher only to be interrupted by the real Cher. They had to throw the routine out the window though because the music branch failed to nominate her song and she isn’t going anymore. It kind of sucks they snubbed that film’s music because that sounds like it would have been a good moment. Ah well. James Franco probably wouldn’t have looked so great in a burlesque costume anyway.

  • 29 2-04-2011 at 3:25 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Well, Franco did appear in drag on the cover of Candy magazine.

  • 30 2-04-2011 at 3:30 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Well, Franco did appear in drag on the cover of Candy magazine…

  • 31 2-04-2011 at 3:44 pm

    Jeremy said...

    Very disappointing news. Kris, I understand that you’re a huge Bingham fan and wanted him to gain more exposure, but from a viewer’s perspective, the show is already interminably long, and this just makes it worse. I’ve already heard the songs; I don’t need to suffer through them during a three-and-a-half hour telecast.

  • 32 2-04-2011 at 3:49 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Might as well just eliminate the category if you’re going to eliminate the performances. I mean it just makes sense from a showman/producer stand-point to break the show up with this kind of thing. Otherwise, just don’t bother altogether.

  • 33 2-04-2011 at 3:59 pm

    Al said...

    I am more than thrilled. They completely missed an opportunity last year without Dr. John.

  • 34 2-04-2011 at 4:17 pm

    Speaking English said...

    It puzzles me when Oscar watchers complain about the length of the broadcast, or the song performances. I just don’t understand how a true Oscar fan would want the show to be shorter. This is for us! Hell, make it six hours!

  • 35 2-04-2011 at 4:44 pm

    Jeremy said...

    I’m a fan of the Oscars because they represent recognition of the year’s best achievements in cinema, plus they give me an opportunity to root on my own personal favorites. That doesn’t prevent me from getting frustrated by unnecessary filler and rote speeches. The show could still be celebratory and spirited without being bloated.

  • 36 2-04-2011 at 7:49 pm

    Glenn said...

    I like how the Academy are all “Gwyneth Paltrow set to sing!” and yet the producers are probably secretly sticking pins in their music branch voodoo dolls. How about rather than having to watch these dud songs (“Coming Home” excluded) performed, they march the music branch out on stage and publicly flog then for robbing us of the chance to see Cher perform.

    I like that plan.

    But if we must have performances then can we at least get a slow-motion interpretation of “127 Hours”‘ art amputation sequence set to “If I Rise” ala the original song performance for “Crash”.

    Although let’s not get started on *that* year again. Dolly Parton… Dolly Parton…

  • 37 2-04-2011 at 9:14 pm

    Andrea said...

    “How about rather than having to watch these dud songs (“Coming Home” excluded) performed, they march the music branch out on stage and publicly flog then for robbing us of the chance to see Cher perform. ”

    I am literally contemplating protesting this horrific snub outside the Kodak on Oscar night! You’ll see me with my Heart of Stone Tour tshirt standing next to the Westboro Baptist slime.

  • 38 2-06-2011 at 2:46 am

    Glenn said...

    It’s all right. During the original song performances I’ll just put on the “Burlesque” soundtrack and wail about the living room to the songs that should have been nominated. My brain won’t know the difference that they weren’t nominated.

  • 39 2-06-2011 at 12:31 pm

    Vladdy said...

    They should have dropped this category years ago. There is a decent song nominated once every five years, and even then it’s not a world-beater.