Oscar songs to be performed from LA roof, Iceland

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The five songs nominated at this year’s Oscars will be performed from the top of the Academy’s gleaming new film museum — and a tiny fishing town in Iceland — as producers aim to shake up the format of the pandemic-hit ceremony.اضافة اعلان

“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr will be among those performing from the roof terrace of Los Angeles’ still-unopened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which has been in development for years but, like the Oscars, saw its launch delayed due to COVID-19.

His song “Speak Now” from civil rights drama “One Night in Miami” will form part of a special Oscars pre-show — as will the ballad “Husavik” from the Will Ferrell comedy “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” performed from the Icelandic port of the same name.

“We’ve come up with some serious pre-game and post-game action to enhance our main event,” Steven Soderbergh and fellow co-producers said in a statement.

“Our suggestion is just tune in for the whole shebang, otherwise you’ll miss something really unexpected and fun.”

This year’s Oscars are following an “awards-show-as-a-movie” theme, and will primarily be held, with social distancing de rigueur, at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, and Reese Witherspoon are among the A-list lineup of presenters.

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