Yes, the Grammy Awards may have taken place two weeks ago, but the Oscars night was all about the music. Right from the beginning, host Seth MacFarlane noted that in addition to honoring films, the show was also about the tunes. So, in case you missed the “Chicago” performance and the James Bond theme-song tribute, MTV News has rounded up some of the most musical-tastic moments of the night.
Starting With A Bang
In between jabs at some of the A-listers in the room, including himself, MacFarlane also showed off his killer pipes . He had “High Hopes” with Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, put an Oscar-fied spin on the “Beauty and the Beast” classic “Be Our Guest,” and provided a Sinatra-like soundtrack for Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron to dance to with “The Way You Look Tonight.” Finally, some real “Dancing With The Stars” action on the small screen!
Oh, and that Boob Song
In an effort to save his hosting cred, or perhaps show how edgy the Oscars can be, during the opening monologue, the “Ted” creator belted out the original tune, “We Saw Your Boobs,” with some help from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
Jaws, For The Win!
When the team of ocean-centric “Life of Pi” won for Best Visual Effects, spokesman Bill Westenhofer took the stage and dealt out a hefty speech. But as the theme from “Jaws” began, it wasn’t clear if he was getting played off or being accompanied. But less than an hour later, that infamous theme reared its ugly head again when “Searching for Sugar Man” won Best Documentary. Time to wrap it up!
Shaken, Not Stirred
Shirley Bassey got her Bond girl when she took the stage, in all gold, to perform her 1964 Bond theme, “Goldfinger.” Her rendition of the track left the room pretty much shaken, and maybe a little bit stirred, as she was just one of the ravishing beauties who paid homage to the legendary and charming British super spy.
And, Yes, All That Jazz
“Grease” star John Travolta was on hand to pay respect to the best movie musicals of the past decade. Catherina Zeta-Jones went all flapper-chic during the tribute, 10 years after her Oscars win, performing “All That Jazz” from “Chicago.” Fellow Oscar-winner and “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson also performed her star-making “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” But “Les Mis” super fans, probably geeked out hard for the moment when Hugh Jackman performed “Suddenly” live then was joined by the rest of the cast for a medley of the movie’s most memorable tracks.
Adele. That Is All.
In her sparkling black dress, Adele played the new millennium Bond vixen when she took the stage to perform her Oscar-winning James Bond theme song, “Skyfall.” With its sparking backdrop, orchestra and choir, Adele proved to be diva #1.
You Like Me, You Really Like Me
Sure “Les Misérables” won for Best Makeup and Hair and Sound Mixing, but at the end of the night it was all about Anne Hathaway who took home the only acting prize for the film, winning Best Supporting Actress . Hathaway’s pull quote of the night? “It came true.”
The Way We Were
At the end of the In Memoriam segment of the night, to pay tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch, Barbra Streisand took the stage to sing “The Way We Were,” from the 1973 film of the same name. He penned the track, which has gone on to become a signature Streisand tune, and one of the most poignant moments of the broadcast.
Headed Back Chicago, Again
Ten years after “Chicago” resurrected the movie musical, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Zeta-Jones all took the stage to hand out the Original Score Oscar to Mychael Danna for his work on “Life of Pi.” The foursome stuck around to hand out Best Original Song. But first Norah Jonas took the stage to perform her track from “Ted,” “Everybody Needs A Best Friend.” Even with “Best Friend” songwriter MacFarlane hosting, the prize went to Adele and Paul Epworth for their James Bond theme.
Good Night, and Good Luck
Well, maybe it was too late for “Good luck,” but at the end of the night, MacFarlane was joined by Broadway vet Kristin Chenoweth for “Here’s to the Losers,” giving the room a few final zingers. And 9-year-old nominee “Beasts of Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis shouldn’t be too disappointed by her loss, as MacFarlane noted in the tune, “You’ll be at the future Oscars, when the rest of us are dead.” Chenoweth added, “You have all of Tom Cruise’s talent, and you’re equally a tall.” Got ‘em.