The 90th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, were held this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
We watched as our favourites in film were awarded their Oscars for categories such as ‘Best Picture’ (Guillermo del Toro, ‘The Shape of Water’) and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ (Jordan Peele, ‘Get Out’). The biggest moments of the night, however, were the live musical performances.
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal gave a delicate introduction to ‘Remember Me’, the song that ended up taking home the trophy for ‘Best Original Song’. Garcia was then joined onstage by R&B singer Miguel and Mexican songstress Natalie LaFourcade, backed by a string of guitars and Mexican-folkloric dancers. The winners were songwriting duo and married couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The pair were behind the hit ‘Frozen’ song ‘Let It Go’ and came back one more time to win this Oscar for the Disney-Pixar movie ‘Coco’ .
Soul queen Mary J. Blige gave an outstanding performance of the main track from the film ‘Mudbound’ titled ‘Mighty River’. The musician turned actress was nominated for two Oscars (‘Best Supporting Actress’ and ‘Best Original Song’) as well as co-writing the track alongside Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.
Co-written by Common and songwriter Diane Warren, ‘Stand Up for Something’ was the lead track from the soundtrack to the biopic of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, ‘Marshall’. The Chicago rapper began the performance with a spoken-word portion that paved the way for Andra Day’s powerful voice to deliver a heartfelt call to action.
Maori-American singer and actor Keala Settle, who stars as in the film as Lettie Lutz, delivered a moving performance of ‘This Is Me’, the signature song from ‘The Greatest Showman’, co-written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The duo did not get the Oscar, but won a Golden Globe earlier this year as well as winning a Tony for their contributions to ‘La La Land’.
Sufjan Stevens wrote two songs for the feature film ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Visions of Gideon’ and ‘Mystery of Love’. Stevens performed ‘Mystery of Love’ alongside St. Vincent, Moses Sumney and Chris Thile, among others, while making a striking entrance as they rose from the ground during the opening notes of the song.
Finally, in a tear-jerking performance, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took to the stage to honour those in the film industry who passed away in 2017. Vedder performed a cover of Tom Petty’s classic ‘Room at the Top’. Other notable celebrities who were lost included names like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lewis and former ‘James Bond’ star Sir Roger Moore.
It was a night for film and a night for music. We at Spectrum FM can’t wait to see which performances the 2019 Academy Awards will bring.