Here’s to the soundtracks.
The 2014 Academy Awards were as much about the songs that brought these films to life as they were about the coveted statuettes.
With a handful of performances punctuating memorable moments – like Liza Minelli’s blue streak on the red carpet, Lupita Nyong’o’s emotional acceptance speech and Jared Leto‘s moving tribute to his mother – here’s who else stole the show.
Pharrell – who wore one of his signature hats to the show – kicked things off with his hit, “Happy.”
Next, Karen O and Ezra Koenig (lead singer of Vampire Weekend) performed “The Moon Song,” a quiet number featured in Spike Jonze’s Her.
U2’s song for Mandela “Ordinary Love” brought the audience to their feet.
Pink paid tribute to The Wizard of Oz with a moving rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”
Bette Midler sang at the Oscars for the first time in her lengthy career. As part of the “In Memoriam” segment, Midler sang “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”
And Idina Menzel delivered a moving version of “Let It Go” from Frozen, which later won Best Song.