Norah Jones joins list of performers for the 85th Academy Awards
Via: Entertainment Weekly
Following on the heels of Adele’s inclusion in the 85th Academy Awards telecast, Norah Jones is yet another name joining the ranks of performers for the February 24th ceremony.
Jones performs the nominated song “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from R-rated comedy hit Ted, which earned co-writer and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane a nomination, and is pretty much the biggest competition facing the foregone conclusion we’ve come to know as “Skyfall”.
It’s been three years since the Academy has featured performances from the Best Original Song nominees, and while it remains to be seen whether all five nominees will get the spotlight (and I can’t imagine they wouldn’t. Hell, they should at least get a brief medley like at the 1998 telecast), the producers of the Academy Awards have at least addressed the criticism resulting from the complete lack of music from the ceremony in recent years.
Of course, this decision is clearly motivated by the presence, at long last, of high-profile nominees/performers, but I can’t really complain if it gets these songs on the show. It’s staggering, the amount of wonderful songs and terrific artists I’ve been introduced to through the Academy Awards, during my time Oscar-watching (which I promise is a thing. Sort of like bird-watching, but more time consuming, and less edifying).
The other nominees in the category:
“Suddenly”, the new song written specifically for the film adaptation of Les Miserables, performed by Hugh Jackman, who is another potential A-list performer to be added to the ceremony in the coming weeks.
“Pi’s Lullaby”, the beautiful Tamil-language piece from Life of Pi, performed by Indian songstress Bombay Jayashri (who also co-wrote the song).
“Before My Time”, from the environmental documentary Chasing Ice, written by J. Ralph and performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell.
If, for whatever reason, they’re unable to get Johansson and Bell to perform on the telecast, we could see the producers hire another act to perform the song. In particular, I’m thinking back to the 2005 ceremony, where Beyonce was brought in to perform half of the nominated songs, while Antonio Banderas and Carlos Santana were brought in to perform eventual winner “Al Otro Lado Del Rio” from The Motorcycle Diaries, a decision that I can certainly understand the motivation for, but one which did not work out anywhere near as well as just letting Jorge Drexler perform his own damn song would have.
You can listen to the nominated “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” below. And you can watch Norah Jones at the 85th Academy Awards when the ceremony airs February 24 on ABC.