Oscars Will Be Less Musical This Year With No Best Song Performances

Feb 16th, 2010 // 8 Comments

After bloating the Academy Awards ceremony with ten Best Picture nominees, Oscar producers are freeing up some space by nixing performances of the five Best Song nominees. Instead, the songs will be played in brief clips over footage from their respective films.

For the record, we can’t even pretend to hum the melody of any of these tracks (which Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix names “the worst nominations ever). Can you blame us? Not one of these songs made a “Jai-Ho”-sized splash in pop culture in 2009 (nor did they have their own Pussycat Dolls remix). So join us in a primer of all five Best Song nominees after the jump, and find out if we’ll be missing anything come Oscar night.


“Almost There,” The Princess and the Frog (Music and Lyric by Randy Newman)

“Down in New Orleans,” The Princess and the Frog (Music and Lyric by Randy Newman)

“Loin de Paname,” Paris 36 (Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas)

“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart),” Crazy Heart (Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett)

“Take It All,” Nine (Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston)

Okay, so none of these songs will probably be missed, especially not when the show runs as long as it usually does. But why scrap the performances entirely? Why don’t Oscar producers just invite Beyoncé back to sing all the nominated songs, since they’re still frantically searching for ways to capture a younger, more hip demographic?

Plus, without these performances, we wouldn’t have amazing clips like this one from the 2000 ceremony:

  1. BGN

    Great post. You obviously put a lot of work into that post.
    It is very informative. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Shame that there will be No Best Song Performances this year as it is really my favorite part in Oscar.

    You Know Where You Are

  3. Kittymama

    Or, optionally, the segment during which I drive from one party to another.

  4. Becky

    Thanks muchly!

  5. Becky

    True, this year would have provided 5 perfect bathroom breaks had they included the Best Song performances.

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