Saturday, May 25, 2024

Oscars Telecast Could Include Performances from Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, But Nothing from “Matilda” the Musical


The Best Song short list came out yesterday from the Motion Picture Academy.

The artists who made the list could turn the Oscars into the Grammys!

Among those who made the cut are Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, David Byrne, The Weeknd, Rita Wilson, Sofia Carson, and the gang from ‘RRR.” That’s quite a group.

But the one actual musical of the season, “Roald Dahl’s Matilda,” will be absent. “Matilda” is from Netflix, which dumped the movie into a few theaters for Oscar eligibility. But the songs aren’t eligible since they all come from a Broadway show and were not written specifically for a movie.

In fact, so far “Matilda” doesn’t even have a soundtrack album. It’s a stealth release at best.

The other pop stars, however, are in a hot race. LCD Soundsystem’s brilliant song from “White Noise,” is also a possibility. Can you imagine LCD Soundsystem on the Oscars? That alone would make the show worth watching. Ditto the “RRR” performers. Could they knock out Lady Gaga and her “Top Gun” song? Everything is up in the air, just like the planes from that movie!

Here are a couple of the videos involved. There’s nothing for “When I Grow Up,” the best song from “Matilda.” But here’s “Revolting Children.”

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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