After stirring up a hornets’ nest over speculation that this year’s Oscars gala would cut the number of Best Song nominees performed during the ceremony to two, the Motion Picture Academy is backing off.
Variety reports that the academy, in response to a torrent of backlash on the issue, now plans to present performances of all five nominated songs during the Feb. 24 ceremony.
“Earlier today, the Academy tweeted that Jennifer Hudson would perform ‘I’ll Fight,’ the Diane Warren-penned song from the documentary ‘RBG,'” Variety reports. “A subsequent tweet announced a ‘spoiler’ that ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ would be ‘performed by a surprise special guest’ — leaving open the question of whether Emily Blunt, who performed it in the film, would count as a surprise.”
The plan had reportedly been to include performances only of “Shallow,” from “A Star Is Born,” and “All the Stars,” from “Black Panther,” until the latest decision.