#PlayTime: The 5 Best Oscars Performances EVER - From Beyoncé To Hugh Jackman

28 February 2014 by

Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson at the 2007 Oscars

[Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson at the 2007 Oscars - Getty]

It's just a couple of days until the 2014 Oscars and we're getting very excited about the potential musical treats that could be in store for us.

Presented by Ellen DeGeneres (who's sure to bring the lols if she does a number) we're expecting BIG things. Especially since this year's round-up of nominated movies includes films like American Hustle with KILLER soundtracks. Fingers crossed for a 70s medley!

Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' from Despicable Me 2 is up for Best Original Song so hopefully the producer will hit the stage as is 'Let It Go' from Frozen and 'Ordinary Love' from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

The Academy Awards have a stellar history of bringing us surprising, funny and breathtaking performances from both musicians and actors, with the likes of Michael Jackson and Anne Hathaway killing it in the past.

No matter who shows off their vocal prowess this year they're sure to have a tough time topping these five incredible performances.

1. Hugh Jackman opens the 2011 Oscars (with a cameo from Anne Hathaway)

Joking that - because of budget cuts - he'd had to make his performance set himself, Hugh hit the stage with hilarious recreations of the movies nominated for Best Film including The Reader (which he didn't have time to watch..)

2. This Lion King medley from the 1995 Oscars

Don't question the ranking of this 'Circle Of Life' performance, just use it as a completely legitimate excuse to get all emosh to the Lion King soundtrack. 

3. Neil Patrick Harris opens the 2010 Oscars

Neil gets us chuckling as he makes jokes about firing his agent for not getting him the presenter job. Plus his song includes the lyric 'whether you're Team Jacob or Team Ed' and we're always down with a Twilight reference.

4. Celine Dion blasts out 'My Heart Will Go On' at the 1998 Oscars

Errm.. one of the greatest power ballad crooners singing one of the greatest power ballads of all time? YES PLEASE. We'll never let go Jack. 

5. Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson do Dreamgirls at the 2007 Oscars

Last but DEFINITELY not least - Bey and Jen show off their incredible vocal talent with 'Love You I Do', 'Listen' and 'Patience' from the film and it's just pure gorgeousness. Fun fact: J-Hud won Best Supporting Actress that year. 


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