Bette Midler Reveals She's Set to Perform Mary Poppins Returns Song at the Oscars: 'So Excited!'
Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go"
Bette Midler is taking her talents to the Oscars stage once again.
The legend, 73, will perform the song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns at the upcoming Academy Awards, she announced on Twitter Saturday.
“So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that’s singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24…the nominated song from ‘Mary Poppins’…’The Place Where Lost Things Go’ …so excited!!” she wrote.
The track, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, is sung by leading lady Emily Blunt in the film.
Shortly after it was announced that Midler would be singing his song, Shaiman, 59, gushed on Facebook that his heart was “exploding.”
“As a child of the 60s, I grew up obsessed with the ‘Mary Poppins’ soundtrack, learning everything about songwriting and film scoring from it. As a teenager in the 70’s, I became obsessed with new star Bette Midler, who fate amazingly led me to, resulting in our 40 year relationship,” he wrote. “Could I have ever imagined that one day Bette Midler would sing a song I co-wrote with Scott Wittman for a sequel to ‘Mary Poppins’ at the Academy Awards?! My heart is exploding!!!”
Midler is no stranger to the Oscars stage: she has twice been nominated for Best Actress, for The Rose (1979) and For the Boys (1991). In 2014, she performed her signature ballad “Wind Beneath My Wings” from her movie Beaches during the ceremony’s annual In Memoriam tribute.
Hudson will sing “I’ll Fight,” the Diane Warren-penned track from the documentary RBG, while Welch and Rawlings will perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Cooper and Gaga, meanwhile, will sing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. Cooper said in a recent interview, however, that he’d be shedding his Jackson Maine persona for the performance, and would be singing as himself and not his Star Is Born character.
“He’s gone,” Cooper said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “I’m not gonna try to get him back. But it will be me singing.”
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