Three weeks out from the ceremony, it looks as if this year’s Academy Awards could well include all of the songs being performed after all.
The other week came word that only two of the five songs nominated for the Best Song award – “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” and “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” – would be sung. Following significant blowback, the Academy has now backtracked and will apparently feature all five nominees.
Two more performances were officially confirmed on the Academy’s Twitter account yesterday – Jennifer Hudson’s “I’ll Fight” from “RBG,” and “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”. Emily Blunt sang the latter in the film, but the Oscars ceremony version will be sung by “a surprise special guest”.
The only nominee still officially unannounced is “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”. Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson sang the tune in the Coen Brothers film.
There’s also a big catch – Variety indicates “offers have gone out to reps from all five to perform the songs, although in truncated, 90-second form”. The trade also says there’s been solidarity among the nominees who’ve basically issued an “all or none” edict.
The 2019 Academy Awards are slated to air on February 24th.