From Mike Fleming over at Deadline.com comes the news that Oscar telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic have decided not to invite the nominees for Best Original Song to perform at the big show. I’m surprised at the decision, but then I’m not. I’ve lamented the lack of any well-known songs in the Oscar race of late, and even though I’m a fan of front-runner “The Weary Kind,” T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham’s theme from Crazy Heart, I can’t say I’ll miss hearing the performances of any of the other nominees (“Take It All” from Nine, “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36, and two numbers from The Princess and the Frog). You’ll recall that last year, telecast producers Larry Mark and Bill Condon allowed only 90-second performances from each of the songs, causing nominee Peter Gabriel (“Down to Earth” from Wall-E) to back out of his appearance. This is just the next step in my mind. Clearly Shankman and Mechanic are aiming for a more audience-friendly production, and they’re apparently willing to break from tradition in order to achieve it.
What do you all think? Should the Best Song nominees be included every year? Or do they need to be of higher overall quality (or popularity) to deserve such choice airtime?
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