Oscars: Responding to a widespread adverse reaction to its initial plan of only highlighting two of the best original song nominees on the show, The Motion Picture Academy is now planning to have all five nominated songs performed on February 24.
As per reports, on Thursday the Academy tweeted that Jennifer Hudson would perform on ‘I’ll Fight,’ the Diane Warren-penned song from the documentary ‘RBG’.
In the second tweet, it was announced that ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ would be “performed by a surprise special guest” – putting a question mark on Emily Blunt performance, who performed it in the film, would count as a surprise.
While last week, the producers had said that there wasn’t enough time to do all five songs in a streamlines show, but now sources say that the offers have gone out of reputation from all five to perform the songs, although it’s in shortened, 90-second form.
Yet it’s not clear whether any of the artists associated with nominated songs except Hudson has accepted the Academy’s proposal – among them Blunt, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lammer and SZA, and Willie Watson and Tim Blanes Nelson.