There are some exciting performances lined up but also a few unfortunate disappointments.
The 91st Academy Awards are almost upon us, with the prestigious ceremony set to take place on Sunday, 24 February 2019. There have been some issues surrounding plans for this year's awards proceedings but it looks like film fans are in for a truly memorable night.
It looks like this year could see history made with the awards' first foreign-language Best Picture win, as Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is hotly tipped to earn the coveted award. However, Best Picture is just one of the exciting races we're anticipating. One of this year's most alluring is the competition for Best Original Song. The nominations are all fantastic, but sadly one of the songs will not be performed. As reported by Esquire, Kendrick Lamar and SZA have backed out of performing their nominated song for Ryan Coogler's Black Panther; "All the Stars". However, the rest will be performing their work, with an added surprise. Here's what Hollywood has in store for Sunday night:
Bette Midler performing "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns
Although sung by the film's star Emily Blunt, the song will be performed at the Oscars ceremony by the limitlessly talented Bette Midler. It's a charming piece and Midler will likely do a terrific job.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing "Shallow" from A Star is Born
This performance from Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is perhaps the most anticipated of the night. They stole the heart of the audience in A Star is Born with their gorgeous chemistry, of which they're ready to bring to the stage for a remarkable rendition. We expect this one will take home the award.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings performing "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Coen Brothers' Netflix-distributed western featured many highlights, one of which is this fantastic original song. Welch and Rawlings are sure to inject some smoky soul and heart into the ceremony on Sunday night. It's a wonderful cowboy medley; miss this performance at your peril.
Jennifer Hudson performing "I'll Fight" from RBG
Jennifer Hudson will take to the stage to perform Diane Warren's "I'll Fight", taken from the biographical documentary exploring the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG. Her vocals on the track are irresistibly powerful and we expect her performance at the ceremony to provide one of the evening's many moving moments.
Queen performing with Adam Lambert
It's a terrible shame that Kendrick Lamar and SZA have opted out of their performing duties. However, a performance from Queen and Adam Lambert should provide the night with some satisfying spectacle. Lambert began performing with the band in 2011; he is a popular American singer-songwriter, first rising to prominence as a runner-up on American Idol. It will offer a nice refreshing break from the bombardment of nominees, with the band taking to the stage and - hopefully - having as much fun as possible. It's uncertain as to what they'll be performing just yet, but we expect they'll have something stellar in store.
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