Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Miley Cyrus vs Lady Gaga at the Oscars as Miley Sings Linda Perry Song for Julianne Moore Movie


Picture this at the Oscars: a sing off between Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. And they’d be singing songs by respectively two amazing female songwriters, Diane Warren and Linda Perry.

Last night we heard Miley’s new song, “The Hands of Love,” written by Perry for the Julianne Moore- Ellen Page movie “Freeheld,” co- starring Michael Shannon. The movie is a little gem, and the real story of how Freehold NJ police detective Laurel Hester (Moore) fought to leave her pension to domestic partner Stacie Andree (Page). This only happened a few years ago, before gay marriage was legal. The fight became national news as Hester was dying of lung cancer and wanted to ensure that Andree would be considered her rightful heir.

The screening in huge Roy Thomson Hall was unmitigated success, boding well for the October 1st release of the film. Everyone is top notch in Peter Smollett’s film, but Moore — with a showier role– could pick up awards buzz for her fearless portrayal of Hester. On the other hand, Moore is also so exceptionally good in Rebecca Miller’s very funny comedy “Maggie’s Plan,” that she could be running against herself.

Indeed it was Julianne Moore Day in Toronto.

Meanwhile, Miley’s song is a huge sweeping anthem, written by Perry just for the film. No one knew it was coming, but the audience stayed. The song is magnificent.

So what will we do? Lady Gaga’s “Til it Happens to You” is just as good if not better. The Oscars are going to be like the Grammys.

Roger Friedman
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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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