Oscars 2014 – The Best Music Moments

Well, another Oscars is in the books; now, it’s time to dissect a night filled with excitement, jokes, questionable decisions, and of course, music. Music and film happily coexisted last night, as the award show brought a number of musical performances to the stage and honored the best scored films. We’ve recapped the highlights of America’s most glamorous night.

Oscars 2014 Music Recap

Between the award presenting and goofy Ellen gags, each of the nominees for Best Original Song performed throughout the night. This provided a soundtrack to the glitz and glam, not to mention a welcome break from the lengthy acceptance speeches and the video montages of Angelina Jolie saving the world. It all culminated into 2 awards for music: Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

It all began with the feel-good dance-ability of Pharrell’s now ubiquitous “Happy.” This follows the recently enacted law that Pharrell must make an appearance at every major live television event for the foreseeable future. Stay tuned for a very special State of the Union in which President Obama will wear the infamous if-John-Wayne-was-a-Brooklyn-hipster hat.


Pharrell Performs “Happy”

After Pharrell’s light and enjoyable performance, fans were treated to a comparatively low-key rendition of “The Moon Song” from the film Her. The delicate love song was performed by Karen O and Ezra Koenig beneath a rising moon. The acoustic song had music nerds swooning with delight, while the rest of the America wondered: “who the hell are they?”

Karen O and Ezra Koenig – “The Moon Song”

The night in music carried-on with a performance from the Diseny flick, Frozen. Coincidentally, John Travolta’s introduction also left everyone wondering: “who the hell are they?” seeing as he said the wrong name. Nevertheless, Idina Menzel took center-stage to perform “Let It Go,” as girls from ages 5 – 25 shrieked with glee, and boys retired to the kitchen to grab chocolate milk or beer, depending on the age.

Idina Menzel – “Let It Go”

The next musical performance followed the “In Memorium” segment, a classy montage in which deceased filmmakers, actors, and inventors were honored. Regrettably, the Oscar producers decided to serve this portion with a side of cheese, as Bette Milder took the stage to perform “Wind Beneath My Wings.” We’ll go ahead and sidestep revisiting this one. Instead, to remember these fallen greats, you are urged to go watch Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters or Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s performance in The Master.

Next up, Pink paid tribute to Judy Garland with a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” because most Academy Awards include a Judy Garland tribute, and Pink was the obvious choice to do it. In other news, sarcasm is hard to convey over the internet.

Pink – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

From there, the feel-good vibes continued, as U2 provided a live take of “Ordinary Love,” a song dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela. This performance saw The Edge rock an acoustic guitar, while Bono oddly crawled around the front of the stage. Yeah… there’s really nothing more to say here. U2 played a song. You can watch it below, but you can probably just not do that, either.

U2 Play “Ordinary Love”

Next, it was time to dish out the awards for music.


Best Original Song: “Let It Go” – Frozen

Best Original Score: Gravity (Steven Price)

And there you have it; The Academy has spoken. Now, the 6,000 members can return safely to their secret colony beneath the streets of Los Angeles, where they will deliberate until next year (that’s how it works, right?).

“Let It Go” took home the honors for Best Original Song, landing Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). This award was surely given out based on the coolness of that fact alone, but let’s be real, the pair should have had the award rescinded as soon as they finished that heavily-rehearsed acceptance speech.

Gravity won Best Original Score over Her, a score that was composed by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and frequent contributor Owen Pallett. This apparent snub proved to be a bit of a buzzkill, but hey, let’s at least be grateful that the Oscars aren’t the Grammys.

Article by Nicolas White

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