This year, there are five tunes nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar, including Lady Gaga’s top 10 hit “Shallow.” Now, a new report suggests that she’s one of only two nominees who may get the chance to perform on the February 24 telecast.
Variety has learned that only two of the five nominated songs may be performed live on the show: the two that have been the most successful on the charts. That means “Shallow” and “All the Stars,” a song by rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer SZA [sizzuh] from the movie Black Panther.
In the past, all the nominated songs have usually been performed during the Oscar telecast. That’s been the case in six out of the past 10 Oscar shows.
According to Variety, the other nominees, as well as the members of the Academy’s music branch, are upset about this plan, which is designed to keep the telecast under three hours. Most galling is the fact that the Best Original Song award isn’t based on chart success, but rather the song that has the best “dramatic use within a cinematic context.”
If the report is true, this will be Gaga’s third Academy Awards performance. She sang “‘Til It Happens to You” in 2016, and did a Sound of Music tribute in 2015. She told the Los Angeles Times it would be a “tremendous honor” to sing “Shallow” this year.
The three nominated songs reportedly left in a lurch are “I’ll Fight,” sung by Jennifer Hudson in the documentary RBG; “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” sung by Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns; and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” sung by the stars of the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
The Academy hasn’t confirmed Variety’s story.
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