The viral dance track Naatu Naatu made Oscars historical past Sunday as the primary track from an Indian movie to win the Academy Award for finest unique track – besting heavyweights Lady Gaga and Rihanna to snag the prize. With music by composer MM Keeravani and lyrics by Chandrabose, the win for the Telugu-language track adopted an exuberant efficiency, together with the famed “hook dance” steps from the crowd-pleasing movie RRR rejigged for the Dolby Theatre stage.
Fresh off her career-spanning Super Bowl halftime efficiency, throughout which she revealed her second being pregnant, Rihanna additionally carried out her nominated track in what was one of many night time’s most anticipated moments.
Donning black and silver beaded extensive leg pants with elbow-length black leather-based gloves, swathes of sheer tulle dripping with rhinestones cascaded over her child bump, the celebrity sang Lift Me Up from the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
It was a comfortable however impassioned tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who starred within the unique movie earlier than dropping a battle with colon most cancers.
Following Rihanna’s efficiency, the final of the night, her accomplice A$AP Rocky cheered her on, elevating a champagne glass to the worldwide icon and mom of his youngsters.
And Lady Gaga delivered a shock efficiency – she wasn’t initially slated to carry out – of her nominated track Hold My Hand, which she wrote for the Tom Cruise blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick.
After hitting the carpet in high-glamour Versace and heavy red-lipped, smoky-eyed make-up, Gaga stripped again her look to match her uncooked, sparsely-produced efficiency.
The versatile pop phenom – who has already received an Oscar for her track Shallow from A Star is Born – wore a black t-shirt and denims ripped on the knee, capping off the look with Converse sneakers, a French braid and barely-there make-up.
Calling her track “deeply private,” Lady Gaga supplied a heartfelt message earlier than launching into her set: “We want lots of like to stroll by means of this life.”
“We all want a hero typically – there are heroes throughout us in unassuming locations,” she continued. “But you may discover that you might be your personal hero even if you happen to really feel damaged inside.”
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The 14-time Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren joined performer Sofia Carson onstage to carry out their nominated track Applause from the movie Tell It Like a Woman. That preceded a weird efficiency that includes none aside from David Byrne that aimed to realize the extent of wackiness within the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once – the night time’s massive winner.
The observe This Is A Life additionally earned a nomination for finest track, carried out for the movie by Byrne, Mitski and Son Lux.
Mitski didn’t be part of Sunday’s festivities, with EEAAO forged member Stephanie Hsu – who earned a finest supporting actress nomination for her position within the movie – taking the stage in her place, sporting, like Byrne, all white.
From martial arts choreography to googly-eyed back-up dancers to the notorious scorching canine fingers, the staging was rife with references to the movie – together with a visible of Raccacoonie, the movie’s absurdist riff on animated traditional Ratatouille.
Lenny Kravitz graced the Academy along with his presence to ship a touching, piano-driven model of his track Calling All Angels for the night time’s in memoriam phase.
John Travolta choked again tears as he launched Kravitz’s efficiency to honor those that’ve died over the previous yr – Ray Liotta, Jean Luc-Godard and Angela Lansbury amongst them — referencing his beloved Grease co-star and pal, the late Olivia Newton-John, with a play on her well-known track Hopelessly Devoted To You.
Hollywood maestro John Williams – whose iconic compositions embody the scores to Jurassic Park, Jaws and Star Wars – fell in need of setting the file for oldest Oscar winner ever (although he is nonetheless the oldest nominee).
At 91, his work on Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans was up for finest rating, his 53rd nomination – however that prize went to Volker Bertelmann for All Quiet on the Western Front.
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