Eminem gave a surprise performance at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday. The 47-year-old rapper stunned the audience at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre when he stepped out for a rendition of his 2003 Best Song Oscar winner ‘Lose Yourself’ from his movie ‘8 Mile’.
Eminem’s appearance came following a montage of some of cinema’s most iconic songs and how they can help elevate the films in which they are featured.
Earlier in the evening, Janelle Monae kicked off the event with a performance of A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood from the film of the same name, paying tribute to the late Fred Rogers.
At one point, she sang directly to Tom Hanks, who portrayed the beloved children’s entertainer in the movie, and after giving him her hat to wear, she took off her cardigan to belt out an original song dedicated to the year’s nominees.
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She was briefly joined by Pose star Billy Porter during the segment and finished off with a swipe at the lack of female directing nominees and recognition of black actors.
She said: “We celebrate all the women who directed phenomenal films … Happy Black History Month.”
Sir Elton John performed I’m Gonna Love Me Again from Rocket Man, which went on to win the award.
The 72-year-old singer performed seated at a red grand piano, wearing a bright purple suit with a pink shirt, in front of a colourful set and a giant pair of star-rimmed glasses.
92nd Academy Awards select list of winners:
Best Picture: Parasite
Best Director: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Actor in a Leading Role: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Actress in a Leading Role: Renee Zellweger, Judy
Actor in a Supporting Role: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Actress in a Supporting Role: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 4
Original Song: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocket Man, Elton John and Bernie Taupin.