Music Steals The Show At The Academy Awards
February 23, 2015 at 3:52 AM (PT)
Music provided several of the highlights at last night's ACADEMY AWARDS, with COMMON and JOHN LEGEND performing "Glory," from the movie SELMA, leading the way.
TIME notes, "two weeks after the song closed THE GRAMMYS, the rapper and the singer performed their song at THE ACADEMY AWARDS, where it was nominated (and won) for Best Original Song. After the pair’s performance, which featured a chorus marching behind COMMON and LEGEND and practically into the audience, several audience members (including SELMA star DAVID OYELOWO and CHRIS PINE) were visibly in tears."
The pair followed by picking up the OSCAR for BEST ORIGINAL SONG, delivering a powerful acceptance speech that moved the audience to another standing ovation.
Check out the performance here.
TIME also notes, "LADY GAGA performed an incendiary medley from 'The Sound of Music,'" which ended "with a salute from JULIE ANDREWS, who pronounced 'LADY GAGA' as though it were a royal title."
Other major musical moments during the ceremony included TIM McGRAW performing GLEN CAMPBELL's nominated "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," the song from the "I'll Be Me" documentary in front of GLEN's wife and daughter here.
There was also host NEIL PATRICK HARRIS' green-screen-enhanced song-and-dance extravaganza which opened the show, in which he was joined by both ANNA KENDRICK and a scene-stealing turn by JACK BLACK, here.
TEGAN & SARA and the ANDY SAMBERG-led LONELY ISLAND were the centerpiece of a huge production for "Everything Is Awesome," the nominated song from "The LEGO Movie" here, while RITA ORA shined on DIANE WARREN's other nominated song, "Grateful," from the little-seen "Beyond the Lights" here. ADAM LEVINE and MAROON 5 tackled the fifth nominee, "Lost Stars," penned by GREGG ALEXANDER and DANIELLE BRISEBOIS, from the music movie, "Begin Again," here. Finally, JENNIFER HUDSON sang a show-stopping version of "I Can't Let Go," her hit song from the TV series, "Smash," as part of the IN MEMORIAM segment here.
ALEXANDER DESPLAT, who received two nominations this year, earned his first-ever OSCAR nod for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE after eight misses for "The Grand BUDAPEST Hotel."