Friday, April 12, 2024

Oscars Will Feature Godfather and James Bond Anniversary Tributes, Performance of Non-Nominated “Bruno” Song


“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is not nominated for Best Song at the Oscars. Another song from “Encanto” – Dos Oruguitas” — is.

But this year’s Academy Awards will feature a live performance of “Bruno” because it’s a massive hit on the radio and in sales. Maybe “Dos Oruguitas” will be tacked onto it. I have a feeling a lot of people will vote for “Dos” thinking it is “Bruno.” It is not.

This year’s Oscars will also feature anniversary tributes to “The Godfather” and to the James Bond series. That’s 50 and 60, to be exact. That’s a good idea, although what the audience wants to see is a reunion of Spider-Men. I hope producer Will Packer will give them what they want.

If they’re putting on songs that weren’t included in the nominations, The Oscars should also take a page from the BAFTAs and have Emilia Jones sing Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from “CODA.” And what about “West Side Story”? They had no new song, but “Tonight” would make a good show opener. And so on.

Already FilmTwitter is complaining that this time for all these specials should go to the 8 categories that will be presented in the pre-show. But this is a TV SHOW, not a trade convention. The show has to be entertaining. Please keep that in mind. Later when everyone says “The Oscars are so boring.” remember you can’t have it both ways!

PS Orugutias are caterpillars.

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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