Saturday, May 18, 2024

Oscar First: Shirley Bassey Bringing “Goldfinger” to Show


Okay, this is so cool: Dame Shirley Bassey will be performing “Goldfinger” on the Oscars. For some reason, she’s never been on the Academy Awards show. But this is part of the James Bond 50th anniversary tribute.

Bassey will join Adele, who will sing her James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” the fourth Bond song ever nominated for an Oscar and possibly the first to win the prize . I mean, come on, this plus Barbra Streisand, the movie┬ámusicals tribute– it’s going to be a great night. Adele, Barbra, Shirley–a diva trifecta!

“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.”

Who’s next? Paul McCartney? Carly Simon? Sheena Easton? Rita Coolidge? Duran Duran?

Meantime, Walter Ross has been announced as the conducted of the Oscar orchestra. And you know Rob Ashford is doing choreography. Announced presenters include Meryl Streep, Jean DuJardin, Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer, the cast of “The Avengers” and Daniel Radcliffe. Of course, Seth MacFarlane is hosting.

I hope the Oscar show is four hours long and comes with a pillow, blanket, and snacks. Why not? This is shaping up as the all time Oscar blow out. There are so many great announcements from the Academy, I keep expecting one that the show will be in 3D.

PS Bassey could also sing “Diamonds Are Forever.” Wowza!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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