The Borneo Post (Sabah)
Oscar-nominated songs to be performed from LA museum roof – and Iceland
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.