Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Oscars Best-Song Performance Shocker: ‘Truly Disappointing’

Lawrence Kim
January 27, 2019

First the "Hamilton" creator saved the beloved Drama Bookshop in NY, and now he hopes to convince the Academy to let all Best Original Song nominees perform during the telecast, as is tradition, after a report claimed that only two of the five nominated songs would make the cut.

The three numbers that look to be left in the lurch all bring name recognition that makes the move to exclude even a medley of performances somewhat surprising - most obviously in the case of Emily Blunt, who sang her "Poppins" song on-screen in a key moment, and Jennifer Hudson, a previous Oscar victor, who sang the theme for "RBG".

"If true, and Poppins" song won't be performed, truly disappointing.

Typically, all of the songs nominated would be performed for the audience. Hostless AND music-less? To quote Kendrick: Damn, ' Miranda concluded.

"The Place Where Lost Things Go" from "Mary Poppins Returns", "I'll Fight" from "RBG", and "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" will not be recognised with a full production.

In the past six out 10 Academy Awards, all the songs have been sung with none of the songs being performed in 2010 and 2012.

The original Variety report claimed that news has already caused controversy in the Academy's music branch, along with the fellow nominees.

Even before the hosting controversy, there had always been discussions about cutting the musical performances in an effort to keep the show at three hours.

Multiple sources tell Variety that "Shallow" and "All The Stars", the two biggest hits from the slate of Best Original Song nominees, are the only ones that will be performed. Apparently its not just the musical numbers that have been left feeling unwanted at this year's ceremony, as some awards (including "craft" categories such as Sound Editing and Sound Mixing) will be handed out during the ad-break.

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