In a move that is reportedly “already causing consternation” in one branch of the Motion Picture Academy, Variety is reporting that only two of the five Best Song nominees are expected to be performed during the Oscars ceremony, set for Feb. 24.
“Multiple sources tell Variety that the two biggest chart hits — Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s ‘All the Stars’ from ‘Black Panther’ and Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born’ — are the two chosen by Academy execs and show producers for performance on the telecast,” Variety reports, adding: “The other three — ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ from ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘I’ll Fight’ from ‘RBG’ and ‘When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings’ from ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — would likely be acknowledged only during the announcement of the song nominees.”
Variety adds: “Rumors of their exclusion is already causing consternation among members of the music branch as well as among those nominees’ respective camps.”
The report notes that the academy wasn’t commenting on specifics but said no decision had yet been made on song performances.
“A source with knowledge of the Academy’s thinking says cutting songs is less a knock on the nominees than something long discussed as part of this year’s mandate to limit the show to three hours,” Variety reports. “The Academy has hinted that several Oscars (for so-called ‘craft’ categories such as sound editing and sound mixing) will be presented during commercials, an already controversial move.”