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Academy ditches Oscar-nominated song performances

Randy Newman
Singer-songwriter Randy Newman has two nominations this year

The songs nominated for this year's Academy Award will not be performed live at the ceremony in Los Angeles next month, organisers have announced.

The five-strong musical shortlist will be showcased with clips from the films they featured in, said Academy spokeswoman Leslie Unger.

This year's shortlist includes two songs by Randy Newman from animated film The Princess and The Frog.

Last year's best original song winner was Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire.

Memorable performances

Other songs in the running this year include Take It All from the musical film Nine, performed on screen by Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard.

The Weary Kind, sung by Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart is also nominated, along with Loin de Paname from French movie Paris 36.

Bridges is considered the front runner for this year's best actor accolade, but the song's co-writer, Ryan Bingham, said: "We haven't been invited."

Last year, singer Peter Gabriel refused to perform at the ceremony because the songs had been condensed into a medley performance to save time.

Memorable performances from previous ceremonies have included Celine Dion's rendition of My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, and Bruce Springsteen's The Streets of Philadelphia in 1994.

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