Monday, June 17, 2024

The Oscars Will Look Like the Grammys with Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, and Sam Smith Performing


The Academy Awards show is going to look like a mini Grammy Awards considering the nominees for Best Song.

Three of the five nominated songs are performed in their movies by bona fide pop stars. Lady Gaga sings “Til It Happens to You.” The Weeknd performs “Earned It.” Sam Smith wails “Writing’s on the Wall.” It’s likely all three will perform the songs on the Dolby Theater stage.

The two other songs are “Simple Song” from “Youth.” And “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction.”

Oddly left out is the hit duet from Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa from “Fast and Furious 7”– “See You Again.” That song won the Golden Globe and is a smash. I’m disappointed it didn’t make the final cut.

Since you can no longer make irreverent jokes in public, I will restrain myself from wondering why there was no song from “Spotlight.” (Think of the possibilities!)

Anyway, maybe producer Reginald Hudlin will ask someone to sing something by Amy Winehouse, and something by Nina Simone. That would be cool since documentaries about each performer are nominated.

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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