After being dropped or truncated on recent telecasts, this year’s Oscars promise production numbers devoted to each of the four Best Song nominees. With TV variety show vet Don Mischer, a 13-time Emmy winner, handling directing and co-producing duties, expect some classy renditions of these tunes.
Best Actress champ Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love”) will perform “Coming Home” from “Country Strong.” She did a crackerjack job singing this song, penned by Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges, on the recent CMA Awards.
Nominee A.R. Rahman, who won this prize as well as Best Score two years ago for “Slumdog Milionaire” will be joined by Grammy contender Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine for “If I Rise” from “127 Hours.” Rahman wrote the music while Dido, who sings on the soundtrack, and Rollo Armstrong did the lyrics.
Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, a nominee for the music to “I See the Light” from “Tangled,” will accompany Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi on the piano; Glenn Slater crafted the lyrics.
And composer-lyricist Randy Newman will perform his song “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3.”