Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bette Midler Is Coming to the Oscars: The Divine Miss Dolly Will Perform “Marry Poppins Returns” Song on Academy Awards


To be blunt: Emily Blunt wasn’t going to sing on next Sunday’s Academy Awards. She wasn’t nominated for either of her potential Oscar roles, especially as Mary Poppins. So it wouldn’t have been nice to ask her to sing “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”

So Bette Midler has announced she will be singing the Oscar nominated song. Come on, this is great news. We now have Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Hudson, Bette Midler, and Kendrick Lamar performing on the show. Getting Bette is a coup because she’s been tied up performing “Hello, Dolly!” for nine million dollars a ticket for the last two years.

Irregardless, as Mariah Carey would say, hearing Bette on the Oscars will be magical. She’s back where she belongs!

The last time Bette sang on the Academy Awards was during the In Memoriam section in 2014:

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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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