It was a big night for music and musicians alike at the 86th Academy Awards last night.
Films about musicians swept the documentary categories, Morgan Neville’s “20 Feet From Stardom” winning for feature and Malcolm Clarke’s “The Lady in Number 6” winning for a short. “20 Feet From Stardom” premiered at Sundance in 2013, which chronicled the careers of background singers on rock and soul records of the 20th century. “The Lady in Number 6” told the story of Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz Sommer, a pianist who talks about the importance of music and optimism in the film. She died Feb. 23 at the age of 110. It is the second time music-oriented documentaries have won in back-to-back years: “Woodstock” won in 1969 and “Arthur Rubenstein – The Love of Life,” about the classical pianist, received the statue a year later.
Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won the Best Song Oscar Sunday for “Let it Go,” the hit single from Disney’s animated feature “Frozen.” Steven Price won the Oscar for score for his work on “Gravity.” Both were considered favorites in their categories.
Then there were the performances. Things kicked off with in a very “Happy” mood as Pharrell Williams rocked out to at the Oscars on Sunday, during which he went into the audience to shimmy — literally — with Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in the front row.
Karen O took the stage with special guest Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig accompanying on guitar for their performance of Oscar-nominated original song from Her, “The Moon Song.”
Bono and U2 gave an emotional performance during the Academy Awards where they sang the original song, “Ordinary Love,” from the biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. “
Pink had a memorable Oscar debut, paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.” The singer took the stage to perform one of Judy Garland’s most memorable songs, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the 1939 Oscar-winning film.