Academy Plots Oscar Concert Featuring Nominated Scores & Songs
by Ethan Anderton
February 13, 2014
The 86th Academy Awards are coming on March 2nd (check out all the nominees right here), and we'll soon see Hollywood's finest gathering to honor each other for their achievements in film from 2013. Before then, some of the Oscar nominees will have their own celebration of sorts. For the first time ever, part of the Oscar Week events leading up to the awards themselves will include as Oscar Concert, featuring suites from each of the scores nominated for Best Original Score. In addition, each film will have their respective suites conducted by the composers nominated for creating them. That's going to be a great show.
The concert will feature the following conductors directing an 80-piece orchestra: William Butler & Owen Pallett for Her, Alexandre Desplat for Philomena, Thomas Newman for Saving Mr. Banks, Steven Price for Gravity and John Williams for The Book Thief. Before music is played, each composer will also have a chat with Elvis Mitchell about their nominated work. In addition to the scores, the concert will also have Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez performing "Let It Go" from Frozen and Jill Scott performing "Happy" from Despicable Me 2.
If you can't make it to the concert, Idina Menzel, Karen O and U2 will be performing their nominated song at the Academy Awards broadcast next month. In fact, how about watching Karen O performing "The Moon Song" from Her featuring Spike Jonze and KK Barrett before hitting the Oscars (via The Playlist):
Otherwise, the concert will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 8pm at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. If you want to attend the concert, tickets are $100 or $75 depending on your seat and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com. The 86th Academy Awards will take place late on Sunday, March 2nd at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with a live telecast airing on ABC starting at 7PM (EST) / 4PM (PST). This year's ceremony is being hosted by comedian and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.