The Oscars had some great surprising moments, but nothing made the audience’s jaws hit the floor like an unexpected performance from Eminen. Yes, you read that correctly, Marshall Mathers decided to drop some bars at the awards ceremony.
After Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a Best Original Song montage, which ended with a prolonged clip of 8-Mile, Eminem appeared from a trap door and did a full-on performance of his Academy Award-winning 2003 hit, to the welcome enthusiasm of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
According to ABC head of alternative programming Robert Mills, Eminem never performed during the Oscars ceremony the year he won, and this performance rectified that. Turns out, you don’t just get one shot and you can miss your chance to blow — it just might take over 15 years to get a second chance.
For those wondering, Eminem won for “Lose Yourself” but did not perform or pick up his Oscar from Streisand that year. Now he has rectified that. #Oscars
— Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) February 10, 2020
The unexpected performance injected some fun into the hostless awards show as the energy dropped after Janelle Monae‘s amazing opening. Eminem performed the whole song while nearly every person in the room under the age of 40 mouthed every word (we saw you Kelly Marie Tran and Zazie Beetz, and we relate).
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