Norah Jones will sing the jazzy Everybody Needs a Best Friend from the stuffed-bear comedy Ted on the upcoming Oscar telecast, the producers have announced.
The tune, which is up for Original Song, was co-written by Academy Awards host (and Ted filmmaker) Seth MacFarlane — so when producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed last week that Adele would be crooning her nominated song from Skyfall, it was easy to assume this number would be part of the telecast as well.
It’s never a sure-thing that the broadcast will feature full performances of all the songs. In some recent years, producers have chosen not to have live renditions during the broadcast.
It’s likely the other contenders will also get their own showcase during the Feb. 24 show, although nothing has been confirmed yet.
Suddenly, the new song added to the film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, was performed in the film by Hugh Jackman, who has a Best Actor nomination for the role — and a history on the Oscar stage as host.
Pi’s Lullaby from Life of Pi is in the Tamil language, and performed by Indian songstress and co-writer Bombay Jayashri, while Before My Time, from the environmental documentary Chasing Ice, is performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell.
The full Original Song field:
• Before My Time from Chasing Ice, music and lyric by J. Ralph
• Everybody Needs A Best Friend from Ted, music by Walter Murphy; lyric by Seth MacFarlane
• Pi’s Lullaby from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
• Skyfall from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
• Suddenly from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil