Bette Midler Performs Dazzling Rendition of Mary Poppins Returns Song at 2019 Oscars
Bette Midler performed "The Place Where Lost Things Go" which is sung by Emily Blunt in the film
The legend, 73, performed “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns at the 2019 Academy Awards on Sunday night.
After being introduced as the “Divine Miss M” (a nod to her 1972 studio album and stage persona) by Keegan Michael-Key — who descended from the ceiling, Mary Poppins-style! — Midler took the stage to deliver a dazzling rendition of the song.
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“The Place Where Lost Things Go” is nominated for Best Original Song.
Ahead of the ceremony, Midler announced her performance on Twitter, saying she was “so excited.”
“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.
The 91st Academy Awards are broadcasting live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on ABC.