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What Was Your Favorite Performance From Last Night’s Oscars?

If you watched the Oscars last night, you definitely caught the amazing musical performances that brought viewers back to the saddest, most powerful, and beautiful moments of some of this year’s best films. If you missed these great performances or just want to relieve that magic, here they all are again.

Introduced by Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige’s performance of “Mighty River” from Dee Ree’s Mudbound was nothing short of breath-taking. The singer was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress, the first to be nominated in those two categories the same year. We knew Blige’s performance would be amazing but, wow.

Sufjan Stevens performs “Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name, transporting us back into the sad beauty of Luca Guadagnino’s film. Stevens originally had a much bigger role in the film that included an on-screen performance and voiceovers, but advised Guadagnino against it. He’s joined by St. Vincent and Moses Sumney on stage. For more on Stevens, this magnificent Buzzfeed piece by Scaachi Koul is basically my whole life.

Introducing Keala Settle singing “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Zendaya called the song “an anthem for all of us who have ever had trouble marching to the beat others drum for us. For all of who have ever had to find strength and beauty in what makes us different, and then been brave enough to sing it out to the world.” Settle teared up when she sang the song, which was co-written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul who won last year with La La Land‘s “City of Stars.”

Common and Andra Day performed “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, and took the opportunity to call out the President and NRA. The two were joined by a group of activists the two personally contacted.

On stage was: Alice Brown Otter (Standing Rock Youth Council); Bana Alabed (author and Syrian refugee); Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative); Cecile Richards (Planned Parenthood Action Fund); Dolores Huerta (Dolores Huerta Foundation, United Farm Workers of America); Janet Mock (#GirlsLikeUs), José Andrés (ThinkFoodGroup); Nicole Hockley (Sandy Hook Promise); Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter); and Tarana Burke (Me Too). You can learn more about them here.

Finally, Miguel and Natalia LaFourcade perform after a quiet introduction by Gael Garcia Bernal for “Remember Me” from Coco. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez won the Best Original Song Oscar, making Robert Lopez the first double EGOT winner in history.

Which performances last night were your favorites?

(via Pajiba, image: screencap)

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