We’re just about three weeks out from the 2019 Oscars, but the path to the gilded stage remains rockier than ever. Following significant blowback after reports surfaced that the broadcast would only feature two of the Best Song nominees — A Star Is Born‘s “Shallow” and Black Panther‘s “All the Stars” — the Academy has backtracked and will reportedly now feature all five of the best song nominees.
Two performances were officially confirmed on the Academy’s twitter account — marking some of the first official details they’ve released about the mysterious program so far .Those performances are Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson‘s “I’ll Fight” from the Best Documentary nominee RBG and Mary Poppins Returns‘ “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” which was performed by Emily Blunt in the film and will be sung by “a surprise special guest,” according to the announcement. The only nominee still left in the wind is The Ballad of Buster Scruggs‘ “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” which was performed by Tim Blake Nelson in the Coen Brothers film.
Those tweets were followed up by a new report from Variety (the same outlet who first broke the news about the scaled-back showcase), which says that the Oscars will now feature all five nominees. Here’s the real doozie though — according to the report, “offers have gone out to reps from all five to perform the songs, although in truncated, 90-second form.” While I think you can get away with a 90-second cut of “When a Cowboy Trades His Spur for Wings,” Lady Gaga‘s big moment in “Shallow” doesn’t come until after two minutes into the song.