Glitzy dresses, fancy tuxedos, a star studded theater, and recognizing amazing movie-makers is what the Oscars are all about. But this year the musical performances seemed to speak louder than all of that.
In honor of the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., which was just four days before the awards ceremony, John Legend and Common performed “Glory” from the film “Selma.” The performance was so powerful that it brought the audience to tears, including David Oyelowo, who played MLK in Selma, and other big names such as Oprah and “Star Trek” star Chris Pine. John Legend and Common won the Oscars for best original song and performance for “Glory.”
The Oscars also acknowledged the 50 year anniversary of the “Sound of Music.” Lady Gaga dressed in a simple yet beautiful ball gown and sang a mashup of the beloved songs from the film, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and “My Favorite Things.” Gaga’s tribute was beautiful and classy.
To make the night even more memorable Julie Andrews herself came out to say a few words about how influential music can be in a film. “Great music does more than enhance a film, it cements our memories in the film-going experience,” Andrews said.
On an even more awesome note Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccore, Tegan Quin and Sara Quin preformed “Everything is Awesome” from the “Lego Movie.” It was a light, upbeat, feel good, kind of performance. Batman was able to make an appearance to say his one line, “Darkness no parents!” The audience was able to get involved in the act because the dancers were handing out Oscars made out of Legos to random stars. The performance made you want to jump out of your seat and bust a move.
Dani Tynan, News Editor
Junior Dani Tynan is News Editor for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She plays varsity volleyball and softball, and participates in Operation Smiles.