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Pink had a memorable Oscar debut, paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
The singer took the Academy Awards stage Sunday following an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg to perform one of Judy Garland‘s most memorable songs, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the 1939 Oscar-winning film.
Dressed in a sparkling ruby-red floor-length, long-sleeved dress, Pink — who made headlines at the Grammys for showing off her acrobatic skills — performed a rousing rendition of the classic. Matthew McConaughey and Pharrell Williams were among the notable stars giving her a standing ovation following the spine-tingling performance. Afterward, host Ellen DeGeneres approached the stage wearing a Glinda the Good Witch costume.
Garland’s three children — Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft — reunited at the 86th Academy Awards to celebrate their mother and the iconic film.
Goldberg introduced the tribute, connecting the film to the night’s “heroes” theme, saying that they don’t always wear capes, but sometimes they wear ruby slippers, lifting up her dress to reveal that she was wearing a pair of ruby shoes — a reference to the movie. Goldberg also introduced Garland’s three children.
“Now in 1939, moviegoers first fell in love with a girl named Dorothy who longed for a life different from her own and in one of the most beloved cinematic magic journeys of all time, and with the help of some very memorable friends — a tin man, a lion and a scarecrow — Dorothy got her wish,” Goldberg said. “Now that year, the incredible Judy Garland, one of my personal heroes, received an honorary juvenile Oscar after following the yellow brick road right into our hearts.”
Minnelli made a striking appearance on the Oscars red carpet, showing off bright blue highlights to match her cobalt blue outfit. She has also been a part of a couple of bits with DeGeneres, with the comedian even referring to her as a male impersonator, saying “Well done, sir.”
The Hollywood Reporter previously revealed that Garland’s kids would reunite for the tribute.?? The Wizard of Oz received six Oscar nominations in 1939, including one for best picture, and won Academy Awards for original score and song.
On Feb. 21, Pink was added to the list of bold-faced names making appearances on the live telecast. Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron gave hints to the singer’s Academy Awards debut, saying at the time, “We are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”
Pink is a three-time Grammy and six-time MTV Video Music Awards winner. She was named Billboard‘s Woman of the Year in 2013 and has sold more than 40 million albums and 65 million singles. She also starred in 2013’s Thanks for Sharing opposite Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Oscars are held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Clip Courtesy A.M.P.A.S.© 2014
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