'The LEGO Movie' & 'Selma' Amaze with Musical Oscar Performances
by Ethan Anderton
February 22, 2015
During last night's 87th Academy Awards, there were more than a couple of musical performances. Not only was there an opening number from Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick, as well as a 50th anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music from Lady Gaga, but each of the Best Original Song nominees also got time to shine. However, The LEGO Movie and Selma clearly had the standout performances from the nominee pool for very different reasons. While the performance of the catchy "Everything is Awesome" was colorful and crazy, the rendition of "Glory" brought tears to many eyes. Watch below!
Here's the performances of "Everything is Awesome" and "Glory" from last night's Oscars:
As you can see, Tegan & Sara teamed up with The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone Akiva Schaffer) to sing their signature catchy tune (the full version from the soundtrack), complete with a LEGO minifigure choir introduction and tons of cool props and costumes. There was even a surprise cameo from Will Arnett dressed as Batman (he's actually wearing Val Kilmer's suit from Batman Forever) singing the LEGO Dark Knight's dark song from the movie.
Meanwhile, John Legend and Common delivered a powerful performance with a whole cast of people marching across the bridge that plays a pivotal part in the Civil Rights march down in Alabama. After the performance, tears were pouring down the face of David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and Star Trek franchise star Chris Pine was even seen with tears being shed. This performance by itself is moving, but the film deserves so much more attention than it received from the Academy. Go out of your way to see this film for yourself and experience this rich, harrowing chapter in history. Good stuff?