The 2019 Academy Awards are very quickly turning into a hot mess. From announcing a new Popular Films category to quickly putting the brakes on it, to Kevin Hart being announced as the host and him stepping down a very short time later and leaving the show without a host, to their latest announcement that only two of the five nominated songs for Best Song may be performed during the show, the 2019 Oscars might just be a night most people want to forget.
Variety broke the news yesterday that the Oscars live telecast was considering only allowing two of the nominated songs to be performed on live TV on February 24. If you are curious as to what songs they were considering, you only have to look at the two that made the biggest splash on the charts. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from Black Panther and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born are the two that Academy execs and show producers have chosen to be performed.
The other three nominees this year are “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns by Emily Blunt, “I’ll Fight” from RBG by Jennifer Hudsonand “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson. Of course their exclusion have already started rumbling of dissatisfaction from music executives.
At this time no official word has been given, so the Academy does have time to change their mind. They have also commented that a final decision has not yet been reached. Keep in mind that this would not be the first time cutting some of the songs from being performed on TV has happened. In fact only 6 of the last 10 Oscars have featured performances of all nominated songs.
It’s widely believed that cutting the songs is part of the Academy’s way of shortening the show to three hours maximum. Another rumoured way the Academy is planning on shortening the show, is to cut out several Oscars from airing during the telecast, such as Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. They would instead be given out during commercial breaks, and only announced quickly on live TV.