The 2019 Academy Awards are taking place this Sunday and have already been, in a word, messy. If it feels as though every headline you’ve read about the award show has been bad this year, that’s because it has been. Thankfully, we’re finally getting some good news out of Hollywood with Monday’s announcement that Queen and Adam Lambert will perform during Sunday’s live show.
Bohemian Rhapsody is up for five awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Rami Malek, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing.
The official Twitter account of the Academy Awards tweeted the announcement on Monday, writing “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s #Oscars.”
The award show got off on the wrong foot months ago with the now-retracted Best Popular Film category. Next was the host debacle, with Kevin Hart refusing to apologize for his past homophobic tweets, leaving the show hostless for the first time in 30 years. Then there were rumours that the Academy would only have two out of five Best Original Song nominees perform live during the broadcast. The final nail in the coffin was delivered last week when it was announced that four categories, including cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup and hairstyling, were being cut from the live broadcast and instead handed out during commercial breaks. Too bad the Oscars didn’t just hire a film editor to manage the run-time.
The addition of Lambert and Queen is likely a move to help bring eyeballs back to Sunday’s show after the laundry list of missteps. Adam Lambert and Queen will join previously announced performers Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper who will perform “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, Bette Midler, who will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns, Jennifer Hudson performing “I’ll Fight” from RBG and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings doing “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
The Academy has yet to announce whether Kendrick Lamar and SZA will perform “All The Stars” from Black Panther, with the addition of Lambert and Queen possibly a signal that the rapper and singer won’t be appearing on Sunday night. #OscarsSoMessy.
Sunday’s performance at the Academy Awards will be a fitting full circle moment for Lambert. The self-proclaimed theatre kid was working on the stage production of Wicked when he auditioned for Season 8 of American Idol in 2009. Lambert performed Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a move that became the unofficial kickoff to his pop career, with Lambert touring on and off with Queen for the past five years. From singing for Simon Cowell’s scowl to the Academy Awards — He’s paid his dues. Time after time. He’s done his sentence. But committed no crime. Okay, we’ll stop.
Even though he’s had his share of sand kicked in his face and still come through. Okay, now we’re really done.
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