Film clips to be shown instead of live performances

Oscar-nominated songs won’t be played live at the Academy Awards ceremony for the first time this year, it has been announced.

Normally the songs are performed live at the annual event in Los Angeles but from this year, when the ceremony takes place in Hollywood on March 7, they will simply be showcased via clips from the films they are taken from, reports BBC News.

In the Music (Original Song) category this year Randy Newman is nominated twice for his songs from The Princess And The Frog‘Almost There’ and ‘Down In New Orleans’.

Also nominated in the category is Reinhardt Wagner‘s ‘Loin De Paname’, Maury Yeston‘s ‘Take It All’ (from Nine) plus Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett‘s (‘The Weary Kind’ from Crazy Heart).

Bingham said he and Burnett hadn’t been invited to the event.