The Oscars’ Strange History with Best Original Song Performances

And will Emma and Ryan sing their songs from La La Land at the telecast?

Nominations came out this morning for the 89th Annual Academy Awards and movie musical La La Land cleaned up big with 14 nominations, notably for Best Picture, Best Actress for Emma Stone, and Best Actor for Ryan Gosling. Rounding out its nominations were two nominations for original song, one for the sleepy “City of Stars” and the other for Stone’s big closing number “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).” The question is not so much which song will win (it seems likely “City of Stars” will take that honor) but will the film’s movie star leads take the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to sing them live on the night of the ceremony? With Oscar’s weird history with Best Original Song performances it’s really a crap-shoot.

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