Guys, I’m shook. Keala Settle just brought down the house with her performance of “This Is Me,” the Oscar-nominated song from The Greatest Showman. That glittery dress, the background singers coming into the audience, her amazing vocals — literally everything about Settle’s performance was amazing. Of course, all of the performances on Oscar Sunday were great, but The Greatest Showman Oscars performance had a little something extra to put it over the top. But what else would you expect from a high-flying spectacle about the Barnum & Bailey Circus?
In the film, Settle plays Lettie Lutz, a bearded lady in P. T. Barnum’s circus. When Settle and the other “freaks” are rejected by a suddenly-famous Barnum, they sing “This Is Me” to insist that they are indeed worthy of being paid attention to, even though Barnum (Hugh Jackman) refuses to acknowledge them. As a result, “This Is Me” has become the body positive, pro-inclusivity ballad that people need in 2018, and it’s gone on to take over Spotify playlists and amass millions upon millions of YouTube views. The performance at the Oscars was fittingly inclusive and so emotional as Settle belted out the meaningful words.
“This Is Me” was written by La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, so it’s no surprise that the catchy tune quickly became a mega-hit. In 2017, the songwriting duo won the Oscar for Best Original Song with La La Land’s “City Of Stars,” the sweet song that made us totally ship Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (as if Crazy, Stupid, Love didn’t already do that). In February, Pasek and Paul told The Hollywood reporter that watching Settle perform “This is Me” on the Oscars stage will be “so cool to us and so mind-blowing.Though they didn’t win in their category, the performers of the Oscar-nominated “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman easily gave the best performance of the night.
Zendaya introduced the performance, calling the song “so much more than a piece of music. It has become an anthem for all of us who has ever had trouble marching to the beat others drum for us.”
Keala Settle, whose character sang the song in the movie, took center stage under a spotlight. As the song swelled, the lights came up to reveal a chorus of dancers and singers behind her that kicked off the anthem.
Settle got emotional towards the end of the song before the big finish, but her crystal clear voice never wavered and she commanded attention like a true diva, and received a standing ovation.
ET spoke with Settle in February at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, where she admitted she wasn’t sure if she’d get to perform at the ceremony.
“I’m always that person that’s level-headed, logistic, you know, all the way and then about a couple days later I got a text saying ‘by the way, you’re singing on the Oscars’ and I went.. WHAT! And I freaked out and I still am. It’s a dream come true,” Settle said.
To say she crushed it is an understatement. Stars like Viola Davis felt the spirit of the song and celebs tweeted their support of the performance.
Settle’s co-stars, Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and Zac Efron, posted praise.Keala Settle took the stage to perform the song “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the song was also used in promotions for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Settle appeared under a single spotlight wearing a shimmering blue dress. From the center of the stage, Settle sang with drum sets on both sides of her. A group of dancers appeared and approached the crowd. Toward the end of the performance, Settle appeared to be crying and her voiced shook as she sang her lyrics.
“And I’m marching on to the beat I drum,” she sang. “I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me.”The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of P.T. Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.After last year’s infamous “Envelopegate” gaffe, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took to the stage for the second consecutive year to present best picture at Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards.
In 2017 Dunaway read the wrong best picture winner after the pair was handed the best actress category envelope. The mix-up resulted in La La Land being erroneously named best picture though Moonlight had won. When the mix-up was discovered, a La La Land producer welcomed the Moonlight crew to the stage to accept the award.
Beatty and Dunaway briefly alluded last year’s gaffe, with Beatty starting out by saying: “Thank you. It’s so nice seeing you again.” Dunaway quipped: “As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around.”
Kimmel introduced the Bonnie and Clyde co-stars, joking: “This is the home stretch. Nothing could possibly go wrong. What happened last year was Waterhouse under the bridge,” a reference to the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which took responsibility for the envelope mix-up.
On Sunday night, Beatty announced — correctly — that The Shape of Water was the winner of best picture.The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday.The Shape of Water was named best picture at the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, picking up its fourth win of the night and accomplishing a feat awards season hasn’t seen since 1995.The fantasy romance that tells of a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a fish-man beat out Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for the night’s biggest prize.
The best ensemble SAG Award typically predicts the Oscar best picture winner, but Three Billboards took home that prize in January. In fact, Shape of Water wasn’t even nominated. The last film to overcome the SAG Awards snub and win the best picture Oscar was Mel Gibson’s Braveheart more that two decades ago.
“As a kid I was a big admirer of foreign film,” said director Guillermo del Toro during his acceptance speech. “A few weeks ago, Steven Spielberg said, ‘If you find yourself at the podium, remember that you are a part of our legacy, a part of our world of filmmakers, and be very, very proud.’ I am proud.”
He continued, “I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, the youth who is showing us how things are done in every country of the world. I was a kid enamored with movies growing up in Mexico. I thought this could never happen. It happens, and I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of using genre or fantasy to tell stories about things that are real in the world today: You can do it. This is a door — kick it open and come in.”