A day ago it was revealed that this year’s 91st Academy Awards, in a bid to keep the Oscars broadcast under three hours, has cut out three of the five nominees for Best Original Song from performing.
Only Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” will get live renditions during this year’s telecast. The other three – “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “I’ll Fight” from “RGB” and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will only be mentioned as nominees.
Now the fallout has begun to hit. Variety reports the Academy’s music branch is not happy with this decision, and neither are the other the reps for the other nominees. Lin-Manuel Miranda responded in a tweet saying: 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. If true, and Poppins’ song won’t be performed, truly disappointing. Hostless AND music-less? To quote Kendrick: Damn.”
This year’s Oscars, which will be hostless, air on February 24th.