Oscars Latest: Best Original Songs Shine Before the Telecast

Associated Press

Sunday April 25, 2021

Leslie Odom Jr., left, and Nicolette Robinson arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.
Leslie Odom Jr., left, and Nicolette Robinson arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.  (Source:AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

Performances of the Oscar nominees for best original song have begun from locations as varied as Los Angeles and Iceland, even if the ceremony hasn't.

In one of many twists in this year's ceremony, the five songs are being presented in a pre-show before the main event begins at Union Station in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Laura Pausini performed a pre-taped "Io Si (Seen)" from "The Life Ahead" high above Los Angeles on the roof of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures that opens in September. She was joined by writer and 12-time nominee Diane Warren playing a red grand piano, and an orchestra decked out in red.

Swedish singer Molly Sandén performed "Húsavík" from "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" on a cold boat dock in Iceland, joined by a sweater-sporting children's choir from the town the song is named for, which has adopted the song as a de facto anthem.

There are also will be performances of "Fight for You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Speak Now" from "One Night in Miami" and "Hear My Voice" from "The Trial of the Chicago 7."


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