MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017 |
Posted by: Katie Pedernera
Every year our favorite actors, directors, and film buffs gather around to see who will be awarded the most prestigious merit in cinema: an Oscar. The Oscars represent the hard work put in by directors, screenwriters, and casts. An Oscar is awarded for best original song and score because let's face it - the soundtracks enhance the films. The feeling you get from watching a great film is paired with the main theme stuck in your head when leaving the theater. The music represents the film and their main message. The performances this year embodied just that.
1. Justin Timberlake - "Can't Stop The Feeling"
It is impossible to frown during Justin Timberlake's opening performance. There is something infectious about his happiness - you can't shake it off. Timberlake was nominated last night for "Can't Stop The Feeling," for best original song. The greatest part of his performance was when he mashed up "A Lovely Day" by Bill Withers into the mix. The beat was funky, his band owned the cover, and it brought him back to his Memphis roots. Everybody loves when JT finds some soul. It was clear the crowd enjoyed themselves; how could you not move around a little bit when Timberlake had some serious hip action going. He embodied what the song is about and his performance was certainly memorable.
2. John Legend - "City of Stars" and "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)"
Haunting and alluring are the words that come to mind when thinking about John Legend's LA LA Land medley. Everything about it was classically tailored from the melody, the type of piano, the costume design, the elegant dancing - it was pure nostalgia. He performed a pair of songs from the soundtrack: "City of Stars" and "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," both nominated for Best Original Song. "City of Stars" is the song that left with the Oscar last night. Legend's talent shined through, making it easy for him to serve justice to the film he was honored to be apart of.
3. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli'i Cravelho - "How Far I'll Go"
Lin-Manuel Miranda is a powerful storyteller. But that is not a secret, at all. Miranda had the opportunity to compose the soundtrack of Moana and work with Disney to write the story of the daring island girl. His introductory rap prologue was catchy and set up Auli'i Cravelho for her amazing vocals. She rocked her disney debut. These two are a match made in heaven.
4. Sting - "The Empty Chair"
There is no introduction needed for Sting. The man is and will always be a legend. He was asked to perform, "An Empty Chair" at the Academy Awards this year in honor of the nominated documentary Jim: The James Foley Story. My favorite part of this performance was how Sting is capable of keeping things simple throughout. An acoustic guitar melody may seem simple (since the Oscars are known for pageantry) but Sting keeps it real.