Keegan-Michael Key made a memorable entrance before introducing Bette Midler's performance

By Nigel Smith
February 24, 2019 09:25 PM
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Keegan-Michael Key took flight over Hollywood’s biggest stars at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday.

Before introducing Bette Midler‘s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns, Key, 47, flew from the orchestra pit to the ceiling of the Dolby Theater just like the magical nanny herself.

The actor spun a few times as he floated down and held a black umbrella. He landed in the middle of the aisle, where he fumbled with the umbrella for a bit before introducing Midler’s performance.

Keegan-Michael Key
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The track, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, is sung by leading lady Emily Blunt in the film.

Mary Poppins Returns, which opened in December, saw Blunt take over the iconic role from Julie Andrews. Blunt previously discussed what makes her take on the famous babysitter different, telling PEOPLE’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle, “My perception of her in the books is that she is batty, eccentric, hilarious and incredibly rude and vain. … I like that idea that she sweeps in and takes it all over and makes everything great.”

Midler, meanwhile, 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.