Not a happy camper. We probably shouldn’t expect to hear the song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns performed at the Academy Awards, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is pretty angry about it.
The Hamilton creator, who plays Jack in the Disney film, took it to Twitter on Friday, January 25, to vent after Variety reported that not all Best Original Song nominees will be allowed to perform during the telecast on February 24, with only Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from Black Panther and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born the only two that will apparently be sung on stage.
“The 1st time I stayed up to watch the Oscars, it was because I LOVED The Little Mermaid & they were going to sing songs from the movie I loved on The Oscars,” the Moana composer tweeted. He added, “If true, and Poppins’ song won’t be performed, truly disappointing. Hostless AND music-less? To quote Kendrick: Damn.”
The usual tradition was to let all the nominated songs be heard on stage during the awards ceremony, but according to the outlet, things are being cutdown so that the show sticks within the three-hour time frame on air. And this seems to make sense as Oscars in the past have ran close to four hours long. The telecast will still be quite interesting to watch this year as it seems for the first time in 30 years it will not have a host.
“Producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers,” insiders recently said. “The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.”