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Music is a growing presence at film's biggest night, and this year seems to have a larger piece of the broadcast than ever before.
Beyond the Academy Awards’ traditional Best Original Song presentations, this year's Oscars have a few “special” performances, highlighted by Billie Eilish, fresh off her Grammy majors sweep. What she'll sing is hush-hush, but there's speculation that it may be the title song from the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die.
The awards air at 8 PM ET/PT on ABC.
This week in music:
OSCARS SO MUSICAL: Eilish is just one music highlight at the Oscars. Idina Menzel will perform Into The Unknown, joined by nine women around the world who played Frozen's Elsa in various translated versions. Also on tap is Elton John, who will do I'm Gonna Love Me Again from Rocketman in the program, although sans Taron Egerton. Cynthia Erivo has a double shot at the audience. She'll perform Stand Up from her film Harriet during the broadcast, and appear in a NatGeo trailer preview featuring her forthcoming performance in Genius: Aretha, a series bowing in May that spotlight’s the Detroit great.
Also doing an unknown song is Janelle Monae, who has been involved in such Oscar-nominated films as Moonlight, Hidden Figures, and Harriet.Randy Newman will do his Best Original Song nomination, I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away from Toy Story 4. Another surprise is This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz, who will perform the Breakthrough ballad I'm Standing With You.
The nominations for Best Song include Diane Warren's I'm Standing With You, Newman's I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away, Cynthia Erivo and Joshuah Campbell's Stand Up, Elton John and Bernie Taupin's I'm Gonna Love Me Again, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's Into the Unknown.
The Best Score nominees include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 1917, Joker, Little Women, and Marriage Story.
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Netflix is doing its best to keep us sane during these uncertain, self-isolating times, and the streaming platform is gifting us another season of one of its most popular dramas and a feel-good film to cuddle up with this weekend.
Jason Bateman is back to the life of crime for Ozark's third season, and the stakes could not be higher or darker. But for some more comforting fare, try Uncorked, a new film that's all about wine — or at least, mostly about wine, but there's some uplifting family content in there too. Here's everything coming to and leaving Netflix this week of March 27th.Ozark: Season 3 Netflix series streaming 3/27
Netflix's darkly-lit drama series returns for more illegal shenanigans. After a six-month time jump, the family's got the casino up and running, but Marty and Wendy are battling on just how deep they should dig into this life of crime. Wendy strikes a deal with a dangerous drug cartel, but her plans are thrown for a loop when her brother comes to town. Expect the same stellar performances delivered in depressingly dim lighting.Uncorked Netflix film streaming 3/27
Mamoudou Athie, Courtney B. Vance, and Niecy Nash star in this family drama about a young man with dreams that go against his parents' expectations. Athie plays Elijah, a sensitive, eager 20-something whose dream of becoming a Master Sommelier clashes with his father's desire for him to run the family BBQ joint. Elijah pursues his path anyway, heading to France and testing for a prestigious program with the help of his friends. It's the kind of feel-good content we all need right now.Here's a full list of what's been added in the last week:
Avail. 3/23Sol Levante
Avail. 3/25Crip Camp: A Disability RevolutionCurtizThe Occupant HogarSignsYooHoo to the Rescue: Season 3
Avail. 3/267SEEDS: Part 2Blood FatherUnorthodox
Avail. 3/27Car Masters: Rust to Riches: Season 2The DeclineDragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden DragonIl processoKilling Them SoftlyOzark: Season 3There's Something in the WaterTrue: Wuzzle Wegg DayUncorkedAnd here's what's leaving next week, so it's your last chance:
Leaving 3/30Batman BeginsCharlie's AngelsCharlie's Angels: Full ThrottleDeath at a FuneralDrugs, Inc. Season 5HairsprayKill Bill: Vol. 1Kill Bill: Vol. 2New York MinuteP.S. I Love YouParanormal ActivitySmall SoldiersThe Dark KnightThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersWild Wild West
Josh and Benny Safdie's new movie Uncut Gems is a critical hit, and that's largely thanks in part to the widely praised performance of star Adam Sandler. Viewers may actually have Jay-Z to thank for that, as his video for the 2017 song “Marcy Me” is apparently part of what helped bring Sandler on board to be in the movie.
Aside from feature films, the Safdie brothers have also directed some music videos, including the “Marcy Me” clip. The Safdies spoke with Pitchfork recently, and they said that while they were recruiting Sandler to star in the movie, the video made a big impression on the actor, and helped convince him to accept the starring role in the film. Josh said, “He really emotionally responded to it. It only helped in that courtship.” Additionally, the video was the first time the brothers worked with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Darius Khondji, who shot Uncut Gems.
Josh also said shooting the video was a difficult and wild time, but it led to a product he looks back on with pride: “Those were the hardest, most chaotic shooting conditions I've ever been a part of. I'm very proud of that video.”
This musical element to the origin of Uncut Gems is appropriate, considering that the movie has multiple other connections to the music world: The Weeknd has a role in the movie, and the score was composed by Daniel Lopatin, who is better known as Oneohtrix Point Never.
Read our interview with Josh and Benny Safdie here, and watch the “Marcy Me” video below.