It’s not a good song (all of this year’s nominated songs are bad, tbh), so this is welcome news. Via Deadline:
After weeks of speculation, Oscarcast director Glenn Weiss said today that Lady Gaga will not perform her Best Song nominee “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick at Sunday’s 95th annual Academy Awards.
The singer has told producers she is planning on coming to the ceremony as a nominee, but she won’t have time to prepare a musical number because she’s shooting the Warner Bros’ DC sequel Joker: Folie à Deux with Joaquin Phoenix.
The other four tunes up for the Best Original Song Oscar — “Applause” (from Tell It like a Woman), “Lift Me Up” (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), “Naatu Naatu” (RRR) and “This Is a Life” (Everything Everywhere All at Once) — will be performed during the show.
This means we’ll get to see pregnant Rihanna performing that boring Black Panther song, but “Naatu Naatu” is of course expected to win.
The other Oscar award for music, Best Original Score, is more interesting, as the competition is tighter. It’ll be either the dreadful flop Babylon or the outstanding Fablemans, and if there’s any justice, John Williams’ Fablemans score will win. He’s the greatest film composer of all time with five Oscars (Fiddler On The Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., Schindler’s List), but he hasn’t won since 1994 with Schindler’s. Fablemans is the best of the 10 Best Picture noms, and it has the best music, so this is a no-brainer. (And whatever garbage they’re calling a score for Everything Everywhere doesn’t even sound like music.) The nominees: