Wednesday 18 October 2017

No songs at Academy Awards ceremony

Celine Dion performed My Heart Will Go On in 1998
Celine Dion performed My Heart Will Go On in 1998

Oscar-nominated songs will not be performed at this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

Celine Dion's performance of the Titanic hit My Heart Will Go On in 1998 has gone down as an Oscars highlight, but don't expect such musical moments at the 82nd Academy Awards.

The artists behind the year's five nominated songs will not perform during the Oscar telecast - instead, the songs will be showcased with clips from the films that featured them, "which is how most nominated achievements are featured within the show," Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokeswoman Leslie Unger said.

It means Marion Cotillard will not reprise her sexy, heart-wrenching performance of Take It All, written by Maury Yeston for Nine, and The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) won't be performed by Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges or writers Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.

"We haven't been invited," Bingham said, seeming a bit surprised.

Yet there will still be dancing on the show. Producer and choreographer Adam Shankman announced on his Twitter page that he cast 69 dancers for the show's production numbers, though he hasn't revealed exactly what he has planned.

The Oscar troupe includes at least a dozen dancers from the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance, where Shankman serves as a judge.

"All there for the movies!" he tweeted.

The Academy Awards will be presented on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

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