Oscars news: Rita Ora to perform ‘Grateful,’ Margot Robbie & Miles Teller hosting Sci-Tech Awards

Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” on this year’s Feb. 22 kudocast. Songwriter Diane Warren reaped her seventh Oscar nomination in the category. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.” Oscars 

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Sasha Stone reflects on “Boyhood“: “The awards consensus falls all too easily into the silly whisper campaign that says ‘it’s just a gimmick’ or ‘take out the 12 years thing and it isn’t all that.’ The thing is, you can’t take out the 12 years thing because it says so much about Richard Linklater’s lifelong devotion to thinking outside the box – not to razzle dazzle them but to excavate some kind of truth in the human experience. When the smoke clears on 2015 it will be a scandal to look back at what the awards race ignored, but especially if it ignores ‘Boyhood,’ which is the kind of film that film awards were invented for: to reward the highest achievement in film, not just ‘what makes me feel kind of giddy right now?’ Extraordinary means it goes beyond the realm of what’s possible.” Awards Daily

Margot Robbie and Miles Teller will host the academy’s Scientific and Technical awards on Feb. 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. They will present 21 awards to 58 individual recipients during the evening. “Margot and Miles represent some of the best of the next generation of rising stars and it is only fitting that they host an evening saluting the film innovations and innovators who will inform the future,” said Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Portions of the presentation will be included in the Oscar telecast. Oscars

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For Bill Desowitz, “the inertia of the brilliant Times Square scene in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s ‘Birdman‘ is deceptive. What seems like a roller coaster ride that stops actually picks up again when Michael Keaton re-enters the theater to continue his manic performance. We get the lowdown on the Best Picture contender from cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (favored to win his second consecutive Oscar), supervising sound editor Aaron Glascock and re-recording mixer Jon Taylor (who is also nominated for ‘Unbroken‘ with fellow ‘Birdman’ mixer Frank A. Montano). IndieWire

Gerard Kennedy and Kris Tapley observe: “This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling — “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” — are a typically varied assortment. This is a branch, after all, whose choices often reflect consideration of the work itself above Best Picture-contending frontrunners. Just last year we got nominations for films like ‘Bad Grandpa’ and ‘The Lone Ranger.’ This time around, the cream of the crop just happened to come in critically acclaimed films.” In Contention

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