Cynthia Erivo and Elton John to perform at 2020 Oscars

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards. Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed durin…

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed during the ceremony on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

They revealed that Erivo, who is also nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Harriet, will perform Stand Up, a song she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell for the Harriet Tubman biopic. Her fellow performers include John, who will sing (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, which recently won the Golden Globe, from his biopic Rocketman, and Menzel, who will take to the stage with Norwegian singer AURORA to perform Into the Unknown, which her character Elsa sang in animated sequel Frozen II. The song was written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who have previously won the Best Original Song Oscar for Let It Go from the original Frozen and Remember Me from Pixar animation Coco.

In addition, This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz will sing I’m Standing With You, which was written by Diane Warren, from her movie Breakthrough, and composer Randy Newman will perform I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Pixar animation Toy Story 4. Newman is also nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

Metz took to Instagram to express her excitement about the news and wrote, “When I tell you I don’t know what to say, I mean it! Honoured and elated to sing @warren_diane’s beautiful and timely song at the 92nd Oscars! See you all Sunday, February 9th!”

The ceremony will also feature a special appearance by Questlove and a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone, who will become the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast.

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Frozen II becomes highest-grossing animated movie ever

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Bro…

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown, was released back in November last year.

Now, the film has been crowned the biggest animated movie ever, raking in $1.32 billion (£1 billion) at the global box office, and is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, overtaking 2013’s Frozen, which made $1.28 billion (£973 million).

Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck were told the news during the BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday, and revealed their surprise at the huge milestone.

“We just found out,” Jennifer told Variety. “I’m really excited. I think we’re always surprised.”

And when quizzed about the possibility of Frozen 3, Chris joked: “We’re going to skip three and go right to four.”

Disney movies dominate the biggest animated films of all time list, with Frozen II, Frozen, and 2018’s Incredibles 2, which took $1.24 billion (£942 million) globally, taking the top three spots.

Frozen II was also the studio’s sixth release in 2019 to reach $1 billion (£760 million) in ticket sales, joining the likes of Toy Story 4, Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Aladdin, Captain Marvel, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King reboot, and Avengers: Endgame, which is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time, raking in more than $2.7 billion (£2 billion).

And according to Variety, Disney’s last release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is also on course to become the studio’s seventh billion-dollar movie of last year.

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Idina Menzel: ‘Frozen II is better than the first film’

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves …

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.

The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves the original, famous for the song Let It Go, she prefers the plot of the second and the sequel’s biggest tune Into the Unknown.

“I would just go on the record saying I think that this film is better than the first. I do, I love it, you know? I just, I love it. I love Let It Go, obviously; it’s one of the great gifts of my life to have this song and this character in my life and what it represents and how it’s allowed me to connect with audiences all over the world. It’s changed my life,” the 48-year-old commented. “But I actually really enjoy – except for the really high note that’s going to give me problems on a day where I have a cold – I’ve loved singing Into the Unknown. It makes me wanna cry, it gives me goosebumps when I listen to the underscore of it, the rolling bassline and the rhythm and everything. I just love it.”

As for the inspiration for the film’s songs, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Idina added that she’s always been a big fan of the couple because they put the story first.

“It wasn’t about trying to write another big hooky melody,” she explained. “They wanted to make sure that this furthered the story properly and that they deepened and enriched these characters and helped them evolve into the young women that they are. So, they always come from story first, which is why I think then that they are so successful.”

Frozen II, also featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alfred Molina, is in cinemas now.

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