To try and inject some life into the lengthy Academy Awards ceremony, this year the showrunners added a wide array of musical tributes and entertaining performances by actors, comedians, Broadway stars, and of course, Oscar winners. Some of the biggest voices in music hit the stage to have their "moment," with varying amounts of success. Let's rank five of the night's most notable performers, ending with the diva victorious over them all.
5. Barbra Streisand: It is hard to diss such an iconic legend, who among her many accolades, was the first woman to win a Best Song Oscar for a tune she composed the music for. Tonight Babs took to the stage to sing "The Way We Were" at the end of the "In Memoriam" segment, in honor of composer Marvin Hamlisch. Only a few reviewers mentioned that the 70-year-old was "a tad hoarse," choosing instead to focus on the emotional performance. But is it wrong to suspect that the carefully orchestrated, whispered intro into the song, and the attractively dewy eyes, were a bit of a self-centered Rachel Berry-type moment?
4. Adele: There is no denying that the feisty, talented Adele is a musical goddess. She was gorgeous in her black, glittery dress and she won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Unfortunately, Academy Award aside, "Skyfall" is not the best of the Bond songs and really doesn't showcase the true beauty of the star's voice. To make matters worse, the cumbersome weight of that sparkly dress hindered her breath control during her performance, and the sound editing crew left her weakened voice completely swallowed up by the band.
3. Jennifer Hudson: Though the Academy officials stated that all musical performances were live, we couldn't help but be suspicious of Catherine Zeta-Jones' "Chicago" number. Either way, there was no comparison once J-Hud hit the stage, blowing everyone away with her flawless, soaring vocals on "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." It was a total "mic drop" moment, prompting E! Online to ask, "Can we give her another Oscar?"
2. Shirley Bassey: This richly-voiced Welsh singer set the standard for all future Bond tunes, with her haunting and seductive songs for three of the franchise's films: "Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Moonraker." To help celebrate 50 years of Bond, Bassey exquisitely performed "Goldfinger" in, what else, a stunning gold dress. As The LA Times notes, "her voice has lost a little sharpness, but it has still aged into a rather forceful presence." The songstress retains her deliciously deep tone and she savored every note as she built the song up a powerful crescendo, earning her an enthusiastic standing ovation from the Oscars crowd. Oh, and by the way--she's 76!
1. Anne Hathaway: The willowy actress has received oodles of acclaim for her emotional rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" in "Les Miserables," even escaping the ire of the film's harshest critics. Tonight she sang it beautifully again, live on stage in a medley with her costars, and got to soak up the thunderous applause that followed. Yes, it's possible that she may get more press for her wardrobe malfunction than her vocal skills, but isn't any publicity good publicity? Along with her lovely performance, Anne picked up the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress--and Hugh Jackman adores her. This girl has too many checks in the "Win" column to put her anywhere but at the top of this list.
What do you think, omg! readers? Which diva earned a standing ovation in your house?
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