The nominees for Best Original Song should always perform because it’s a nice way to break up the evening and add a little theatricality into a night that can be fairly staid and the biggest thing that happens is the host passing out food to the biggest celebrities. This year’s nominees are all set to perform during this year’s show.
Gael García Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade, and Miguel are set to perform “Remember Me” from Coco, which features music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up taking home the award, which would be the second Oscar for the songwriting duo (they previously won for “Let It Go” from Frozen).
Mary J. Blige will perform the song “Mighty River” from Mudbound, a song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. Blige is also nominated for Best Supporting Actress, the first person ever nominated for acting and Best Original Song in the same year.
Common and Andra Day will perform “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, which Common co-wrote with Diane Warren. Common previously won an Oscar with John Legend for their song “Glory” from Selma.
Keala Settle is set to perform “This Is Me”, which was written by La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Considering the sustained popularity of The Greatest Showman, I wouldn’t count this one out for taking home the win.
Finally, Sufjan Stevens will perform his song “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name.
This year promises to have one of the most unpredictable Best Picture winners in years, and I’d bet on some other surprises along the way.
The 90th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 4th at 8pm ET/5pm PT. We’ll be live-tweeting the event, so be sure to tune in with us.