Here's Jennifer Hudson in tangerine-red to introduce more songs! Namely, Florence, minus The Machine, and A.R. Rahman with "If I Rise." Next, please welcome! Gwyneth Paltrow with a country song! I guess this is how you know she's a really good actress, because "a double-wide" is probably the last actual thing I would associate with Gwyneth Paltrow and her $300 Spanish sea salt.
Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
And Randy Newman wins for the bouncy "We Belong Together"--and yet it's only his second win. Huh. "I'm very grateful for this, and surprised. My percentages aren't great. At the lunch for the nominees, where they have a Randy Newman Chicken by this time..." Re: the many people he has to thank: "I have to thank these people, I don't WANT to, I want to be good television, every time I'm here, I always hold things up, no wonder I never win." Then he starts complaining that there's only four songs nominated this year, which is hysterical because it is true--something a lot of people complained about. "Oh well, it mighta beat me." God bless.
OKAY I AM NOT HITTING POST AFTER ONLY ONE AWARD.
JESUS! I don't know what this Tron-themed commercial with Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber is, but it is terrifying. Don't hit me with that when I'm sober!
Ah, the Death March of Deathly Death. We come in softly from commercial, no introduction, with Celine Dion singing "Smile." The list (of Academy members only, I think?): John Barry, Tony Curtis, Edward Limato, Tom Mankiewicz, Gloria Stuart, William Fraker, Joseph Strick, Lionel Jeffries, Sally Menke, Ronni Chasen, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Radnitz, Claude Chabrol, Pete Postlethwaite, Bill Littlejohn, Pierre Guffroy, Patricia Neal, George Hickenlooper, Irving Ravetch, Robert Culp, Bob Boyle, Mario Monicelli, Lynn Redgrave, Elliott Kastner, Dede Allen, Peter Yates, Anne Francis, Arthur Penn, Theoni Aldredge, Susannah York, Ronald Neame, David Wolper, Jill Clayburgh, Alan Hume, Irvin Kershner, Dennis Hopper, Dino De Laurentiis, Blake Edwards, Kevin McCarthy, and Lena Horne.
So help me, no one claps once. Which says to me that they cut the sound, because there's no way this one audience was magically trained to act right. Halle Berry then comes out for a special tribute to Horne, with a black-and-white clip of "Stormy Weather" and the quote, "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."