Oscars news: Tim McGraw to perform ‘I’m Not Going to Miss You,’ 3 degrees of Meryl Streep

Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” on this year’s Feb. 22 kudocast. “Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw. In addition to his three Grammy Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, 10 AMA Awards, McGraw has numerous film acting credits including ‘The Blind Side,’ ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Country Strong’ and the upcoming ‘Tomorrowland.'” Oscars

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For Michael Ordona, “Some writers say they don’t set out to make a statement but to ask a question. For Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, director and co-writer of ‘Birdman,’ there were plenty of questions — about ego and id, self-worth, purpose and identity — just not the kind usually found in a fast-paced backstage comedy. ‘What is the meaning of all this? Why am I doing what I’m doing? I’m always looking for something that will in some way electrify me with joy,’ he says. ‘It’s a relentless question. That’s what drives me and where I relate to this guy.'” Los Angeles Times

As Gregg Kilday observes: “among contemporary actors, Meryl Streep is the gold standard … nominated this year for her musical turn as the manipulative witch in ‘Into the Woods,’ the 65-year-old actress will find herself surrounded by familiar company come Oscar night including Benedict Cumberbatch, with whom she shared the screen in 2013’s ‘August: Osage County.’ In fact, Streep’s career has been so prolific that she’s separated by no more than three degrees from all of this year’s nominees. And her luster should rub off on a few of them. THR

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Surveying the five nominees for Best Film Editing, Bill Desowitz says: “‘American Sniper‘ is a ticking bomb about to explode simultaneously on the war front and home front; ‘Boyhood,’ the frontrunner, is a unique 12-year journey of adolescence told in real-time and patched together like a quilt; ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘ is a prism that spins wild pre-war and post-war memories; ‘The Imitation Game‘ captures the inner turmoil of a mathematical genius trying to break the Enigma code; and ‘Whiplash‘ is a war between instructor and student that builds to a frenzied drum solo.” IndieWire

Mekado Murphy introduces a video in which Richard Linklater narrates a scene from “Boyhood” in which a road trip turns melancholy: “the writer and director narrates a sequence in which Mason (Ellar Coltrane) has a talk with his dad (Ethan Hawke) about the Pontiac GTO his dad owned but has since sold and replaced with a minivan.” New York Times

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