The 85th Oscars came and went on Sunday and one of the biggest themes of the night was the role of music in film. On Sunday, host Seth McFarlane performed in several musical numbers but the highlights of the night included performances by Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Hudson and the first ever performance by Adele of her Oscar nominated song " Skyfall."
Reuters British singer Adele poses on the red carpet in a Jenny Packham dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry as she arrives at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013.
It was a very musical Oscars and MacFarlane started off the award show with several musical segments which included surprise dance numbers by Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe.
There was even a controversial musical segment where MacFarlane sang about all the actresses who have “bared their chest” onscreen.
Following a video tribute to the James Bond franchise, Dame Shirley Bassey appeared for the first time ever at the Oscars and gave a thrilling performance of the Bond theme, “Goldfinger.” Bond would have a big night on Sunday as later on in the telecast, Adele would perform “Skyfall” for the first time ever live.
The Oscars also included a tribute to the musical feature, an integral part of Hollywood history. Catherine Zeta-Jones reprised her role as Velma Kelly from “Chicago” and sang “All That Jazz.”
Jennifer Hudson followed that up with a stirring rendition of “You're Gonna Love Me” from “Dreamgirls.”
Last, but certainly not least, the cast of “Les Miserables,” including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks.
Several of the Oscar nominees for Best Original Song also performed on Sunday. Norah Jones sang “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted” and “Suddenly” from “Les Misrables” was performed during the musical tribute segment.
In perhaps the most anticipated musical moment of the night, Adele gave an exclusive performance of “Skyfall,” the first time it was ever played live.
During the In Memoriam segment of the Oscars, Barbara Streisand sang “The Way We Were” in tribute to her best friend, composer and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch.
Another interesting musical moment from the Oscars involved the “wrap up” music that indicated a winner needed to finish their speech. In a change of pace the orchestra would play the “Jaws” theme adding a fun element to an otherwise awkward moment where the winner is trying to speed up and finish their acceptance speech. The visual effects artists who won for their work on “Life of Pi” had the dubious honor of having the “Jaws” theme play and have their mic turned off.
For the closing segment, Kristin Chenoweth joined MacFarlane to sing a musical number celebrating the losers of the night.