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Well, that was certainly an Oscar ceremony. A long and relatively safe Oscar season looked to be culminating in a long and relatively safe evening, until a perfect storm of human error led to an unforgettable/mortifying/thrilling moment of live TV, and one weirdly fitting for a time in human history when everything seems to have gone bugnuts crazy. It’s destined to be a ceremony remembered for being the one where two Best Picture winners were announced, but as ever, there were plenty of highs and lows beyond that, so beyond, you’ll find the Worst & Best of the 2017 Academy Awards (leading with worst, because, well, there’s some big stuff we’d have to get to first). Continue reading The Best & Worst Of The 2017 Oscars at The Playlist.

It’s not the Oscars without a big of song, and this year, with “La La Land” entering the show with a historic 14 nominations, it was only natural that the show kicked off with a big musical number. Justin Timberlake got the night going with “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and the lively performance paved the way for the rest of the musical numbers, which were mostly solid. Continue reading Oscars 2017: Justin Timberlake’s Opening Song, In Memoriam Tribute & Musical Highlights at The Playlist.

The Oscars are only days away and while nominees anxiously wait to find out how their long awards season journeys will end (spoiler: “La La Land” nominees will be happy), first-time producers Jennifer Todd and Mike De Luca are trying to keep as many aspects of the telecast they can secret.  Of course, there are still a number of thing we know about the world’s most prestigious awards show. Continue reading What To Expect From The 2018 Academy Awards Telecast: Matt Damon, Sara Bareilles, Politics at The Playlist.

Sorry America, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will not be belting out their Best Original Song nominated songs “City of Stars” and “Audition” from “La La Land” during the Oscars telecast later this month.  The good news is The Academy did find a way to get potential EGOT member Lin-Manuel Miranda to perform. Miranda, who is nominated for “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana,” will join 16-year-old Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced the title character, in performing the song. Continue reading Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting And John Legend Will Sing For You At The 89th Academy Awards at The Playlist.

This past July Lin-Manuel Miranda finished his now legendary run on Broadway in his Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winning musical “Hamilton.”  He’s barely stopped since. He collaborated with Jennifer Lopez on a charity single for the victims of the Pulse tragedy in Orlando. He finished the “The Hamilton Mixtape” which featured artists such as Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Sia and Chance the Rapper, among others, providing their contemporary musical interpretations of the Broadway classic (it debuted at no. Continue reading Lin-Manuel Miranda Says ‘Moana’ Was His ‘Oasis’ In The Middle Of the ‘Hamilton’ Storm [Interview] at The Playlist.