Bohemian Rhapsody may not have been eligible for a nomination in the Best Original Song category but they are still champions! The Academy confirmed today that Queen + Adam Lambert, who have been performing together since 2011, would be performing at the Oscars alongside the nominees for Best Original Song. They announced the news in a tweet. While they didn’t explicitly say what song Queen + Adam Lambert would be performing, both the tweet caption and the accompanying video allude to a mashup of “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 18, 2019
Performing a song from the Best Picture nominee may give the show the jolt of life that its needs after a year of consistent controversy. A quick recap: first, the Academy announced the addition of a “Popular Film” category that would have allowed films like Black Panther to be nominated but not in the coveted Best Picture category. Outrage ensued and it was pulled. Then Kevin Hart was selected as host only to have homophobic tweets resurface shortly after, resulting in him stepping down. The ceremony will not have a host this year. Next, it was reported that only 2 of the Best Original Song nominees would perform. That decision was later changed to include performances by all five (and now Queen). Lastly, the Academy announced last week that they had decided to hand out 4 awards during the commercial breaks including Cinematography and Editing. They were once again met with outrage from Academy members and Hollywood alike and the categories will now be awarded during the broadcast. So, it’s safe to say that the Oscars could use a bit of fun.
In addition to Best Picture, Bohemain Rhapsody is also nominated for Best Actor (Rami Malek), Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing. The film took home Best Picture at the Golden Globe Awards this year and recently became the highest-grossing music biopic of all time with over $202 million at the US Box Office. Globally, the film has earned an astounding $800 million. With Malek leading the way, Bohemian Rhapsody details the genesis of one of music’s greatest rock bands of all time and the journey they embarked on that led them to their iconic performance at the 1985 Live Aid.
Are you excited to see Queen + Adam Lambert perform? They’ll join Bette Middler who is singing “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper who are performing “Shallow” from A Star is Born, Jennfier Hudson who is performing “I’ll Fight” from RBG, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings who will be singing “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Black Panther’s “All the Stars” will also be performed although it hasn’t been confirmed if Kendrick Lamar and SZA will be the ones taking the stage.