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Eminem explains why he performed at the Oscars, 17 years after winning

Eminem explains why he performed at the Oscars, 17 years after winning
One of the few surprises at Sunday’s Oscars had nothing to do with the actual awards themselves — well, unless you were thinking about past Oscar winners. After a montage celebrating songs in movies, Eminem popped up onstage and launched into a rousing performance of “Lose Yourself,” his “8 Mile” (2002) anthem that won Best Original Song 17 years ago. He didn’t show up then to perform or accept the prize, so why now? Well, better late than never.

“I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool,” the rapper explained to our sister site “Variety.” “Back then, I never even thought that I had a chance to win, and we had just performed ‘Lose Yourself’ on the Grammys with the Roots a couple of weeks before the Oscars, so we didn’t think it was a good idea.
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Eminem Finally Gets to Perform ‘Lose Yourself’ at Oscars in Surprise Appearance

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Eminem Finally Gets to Perform ‘Lose Yourself’ at Oscars in Surprise Appearance
Eminem made a surprise appearance on the Academy Awards show Sunday night, delivering a rousing rendition of “Lose Yourself,” his hit from the 2002 film “8 Mile” in which he starred — some 17 years after it won an Oscar. His appearance immediately followed a montage celebrating the sound editing/mixing award, which wound down with footage from “8 Mile” and concluded with Burt Reynolds in “Deliverance,” saying the famous line, “Sometimes you have to lose yourself before you can find anything.”

Eminem’s appearance was a tightly kept secret: Sources say the Dolby Theater was put on lockdown during rehearsals, and that if the news of his appearance leaked to the media, he had the option to cancel.

The reaction of the crowd was impressively ecstatic — the song is nearly 20 years old, after all, and several of the evening’s stars who sang along probably remember it from their teens — with everyone
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Lady Gaga isn’t the first performer in a film to compete for a Best Song Oscar — some have even won

Lady Gaga isn’t the first performer in a film to compete for a Best Song Oscar — some have even won
Can we agree that among the eight Oscar nominations granted “A Star Is Born,” its likeliest win will be Best Song for “Shallow”? That soaring ballad sold the music-packed showbiz saga’s first trailer like nobody’s business as Lady Gaga‘s Ally started to roar before a mic. The pop chanteuse herself would receive the honor alongside her co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. The song has already won a Golden Globe and is up for four Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Judging by the combined odds chart based on rankings by Experts, Editors and Users, “Shallow’s” support is quite deep, with more than 2,200 predicting it will win.

Songs that bring home the Academy Award usually benefit from actually being performed onscreen and not just heard, and Gaga and Bradley Cooper do a mesmerizing job of selling this tune. But
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With ‘Black Panther,’ Kendrick Lamar could win an Oscar before he wins Grammy for Album of the Year

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With ‘Black Panther,’ Kendrick Lamar could win an Oscar before he wins Grammy for Album of the Year
Kendrick Lamar was skunked by the Grammys for Album of the Year again this year, with the recording academy once again voting for the most adult-contemporary-friendly option — in this case, Bruno Mars (“24K Magic”). But why wait around for music’s top prize when you can go for film’s highest honor? He co-wrote the entire soundtrack album for the new Marvel film “Black Panther.” He might actually have a better shot at the Oscars since the motion picture academy has demonstrated that it’s far more open to hip-hop music than the Grammys are. Watch Lamar’s video for “All the Stars” with Sza above.

The Oscars have spent recent years trying to respond to the #OscarsSoWhite backlash from 2016 when there were no people of color represented among the 20 acting nominees. Since then the academy has opened up to a broader, more diverse, more international membership, but they were
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Many Chart-Topping Recording Artists are in the Running for Oscars This Year

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The race for best original song at this year’s Academy Awards includes a number of big name recording artists whose work for film has been generating significant Oscar buzz.

In past years the category has seen a number of popular, chart-topping performers take home the statuette, including John Legend and Common’s “Glory” from last year’s best picture nominee Selma, about Martin Luther King’s historic march for civil rights and 2013’s “Skyfall”, performed and co-written by British songstress Adele with co-writer Paul Epworth, for the 007 film of the same name.

This year another James Bond theme is in the hunt for best original song, as Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall”, co-written with accomplished British songwriter James Napier (a.k.a. Jimmy Napes), the Spectre title track that became the first No. 1 in Bond theme history, has earned a Golden
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Few Actors Have Scored Original Song Nominations

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Since its premiere at Sundance, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been garnering Oscar buzz and rave reviews. The film could score nominations for best picture, director, actor and more, but after submitting three songs to the Academy for consideration in the best original song category, the film could add another nomination. Two of the songs were written by Ethan Hawke, who could garner a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of the father. If Hawke receives a best original song nomination for one of his songs, he will join a short list of actors who have scored nominations for songs since 1994.

Both Annette O’Toole and her husband Michael McKean were nominated in 2004, for their song “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” which appeared in 2003’s A Mighty Wind. Well known for her role on Smallville as Martha Kent, O’Toole didn
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How The Chrysler Super Bowl Ad Catapulted A Choir Into Their Dreams

Detroit -- When Larry Callahan answered a call to audition for a commercial in late 2010, he had no idea it would change his life and the members of his gospel choir, Selected of God.

Wieden + Kennedy, one of Chrysler Group LLC's advertising agencies, specified it was looking for genuine Detroiters rather than actors.

"They were looking for bellmen, waitresses and, of course, this is the gospel music capital, so I thought why not use a gospel choir?" Callahan said.

To say Selected of God nailed the audition would be an understatement.

But it wasn't until days before Chrysler's groundbreaking two-minute 2010 Super Bowl commercial that Callahan or anybody in the choir knew they would be in Chrysler's video homage to Detroit.

That one ad propelled the choir's 36 members to celebrity.

"This has catapulted us into our dreams," Callahan, the choir's director, said. "I never knew it would happen this way, but
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