Oscars won't invite Best Song nominees to perform: Will you miss them?

Oscar producers announced this week that none of the Best Original Song nominees will be invited to perform at the Mar. 7 Academy Awards. Given that we recently dubbed this year’s crop of music-Oscar contenders the “worst nominations ever,” I suppose it would be hypocritical to get too upset at this news. Will anyone really miss seeing Nine‘s “Take It All” or Paris 36‘s “Loin de Paname” performed live? It would have been nice to see Crazy Heart‘s “The Weary Kind,” maybe, but that’s about it.

Still, Best Original Song performances have yielded some very worthy Oscar moments in years past. I’m thinking of the late, great Elliott Smith’s shy “Miss Misery” in 1998 (below), or Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s awwww-inspiring “Falling Slowly” ten years later, or Bruce Springsteen’s moving (and excellently goateed) “Streets of Philadelphia” in 1994. Even if I won’t miss this year’s nominees, I certainly hope this isn’t a permanent decision to exclude music performances from future award ceremonies.

What do you think of this move? Were you looking forward to seeing any of this year’s Best Original Songs performed? What are some of your favorite Oscar music moments from the past?

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  • Brian

    I’m thinking back to performances like “Blame Canada” and the Dreamgirls 3-song extravaganza. I’ll miss it in theory, but with this crop of nominees it would’ve been a dud anyways.

  • wg

    Why couldn’t they have done this the year of the pimp song?

  • Elizabeth

    Speaks volumes about the “songs” that were nominated, doesn’t it?

    • Adrian

      If you don’t think songs can add to the artistic value of a movie, you’re daft.

      • Adrian

        Sorry, that was directed at david

  • david

    Thank God. This isn’t the Grammy’s. We’re celebrating film making. This has always been my least favorite category.

    Why are we handing out Oscar’s for a song that usually plays over the end credits?

    Get rid of this stupid category. Instead, let’s give out an Oscar to best title sequence. That I would love!

    • erin

      Because often music is an integral part of the story-telling in a movie. Can you imagine “Jaws” without its score? How about the ear-cutting scene from Resevoir Dogs without “Stuck in the Middle”? Maybe you don’t realize it, but music is very important. I truly hope this is a one-year decision (based on the suckiness of this years’ nominees) and not permanent.

      • david

        1) I have no problem with Score. Music score is vital. We’re talking about Best Song.
        2) STUCK IN THE MIDDLE would have never been nominated. It wasn’t written for the film.

      • erin

        That is clearly not the point of what I was talking about. I understand what best original song means.
        Just because a piece of music has lyrics doesn’t make it potentially any less vital to the movie.

  • maiv

    Yeah, not too disappointed. Did love the “Falling Slowly” performance

  • Vanessa

    This years nominees are boring but I like the songs to break up the awards. I assume this means more montages – which I will admit – I kind of love.

    If Stu’s Song had been nominated I would have protested this decision.

  • Rob

    I won’t miss them at all. That will save at least 20 minutes, which makes the always overlong show at least 20 minutes shorter!

  • Q.H.

    Those are songs?

  • Ramo

    Now I’m sad and thinking about how much I miss Elliott Smith. Love that song and that performance so much. Great contrast to Celine Dion’s bombast that particular year.

  • Tom

    I remember going out to get the music from Magnolia after hearing Aimee Mann. I also enjoyed Elvis Costello’s take of The Scarlet Tide from Cold Mountain.

  • sosgemini

    Amiee Mann’s Save Me, Bjork’s I’ve Seen It All, Javette Steele’s Bagdad Cafe (Calling You), Nell Carter’s knee slapping Alladin performance, Blame Canada, both Philadelphia songs performed. When the nominations work then the performances should be a part of the show.

  • shawshank

    I love that you singled out Miss Misery and Falling Slowly-certainly 2 of the most memorable Best Song performances, but how could you forget the brilliance of the Mitch and Mickey reunion during “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow”??? Levy and O’Hara… I love you. That one definitely would battle it out with the previous 2 for the top 3 of the last 2 decades.

  • bunker

    Good riddance. The songs are always boring anyway.

  • Horatio

    No music, we will have to suffer through the modern dance routines promised by the executive producers.

    I enjoy dance, but the Academy Awards is not the place for it. Best songs, however they might be, do play a part in the program.

    • Plan

      if you’re into jazz or want to get into jazz, kind of blue’ by miles davis is the fundamental jazz album, the one owned by non-jazz lerteniss. it’s very smooth stuff. the best track off that is titled so what’ i love jazz, so if you need anything else, i would b happy to point you on the right track

  • M

    This is disappointing. There’s a missed opportunity for some artists who aren’t household names to perform their music on a major broadcast show.

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