The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Oscar-nominated songs to be performed from LA museum roof – and Iceland

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LOS ANGELES: The five songs nominated at this year’s Oscars will be performed from the top of the Academy’s gleaming new film museum – and a tiny fishing town in Iceland – as producers aim to shake up the format of the pandemic-hit ceremony.

‘Hamilton’ star Leslie Odom Jr will be among those performing from the roof terrace of Los Angeles’ still-unopened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which has been in developmen­t for years but, like the Oscars, saw its launch delayed due to Covid-19.

His song ‘Speak Now’ from civil rights drama ‘One Night in Miami’ will form part of a special Oscars pre-show – as will the ballad ‘Husavik’ from the Will Ferrell comedy ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,’ performed from the Icelandic port of the same name.

This year’s Oscars are following an ‘awards-show-as-amovie’ theme.

“We’ve come up with some serious pre-game and post-game action to enhance our main event,” Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and his fellow gala co-producers said in a statement Friday.

 ?? — AFP file photo ?? Workers clean the roof of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, amid the coronaviru­s pandemic, in Los Angeles, california.
— AFP file photo Workers clean the roof of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, amid the coronaviru­s pandemic, in Los Angeles, california.

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