Two of the five songs nominated for Best Original Song won’t be performing at Sunday’s Academy Awards, which didn’t sit well with the snubbed musicians on the red carpet.
“I must tell you the truth I’m quite disappointed,” Grammy-winning singer Sumi Jo told Variety. “For me it was very important for me to perform in front of everybody but ya know…it’s very sad.”
Jo sings the Oscar-nominated song “Simple Song #3,” from Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” while “Manta Ray,” from the documentary “Racing Extinction,” was also nixed from the telecast. The only three performances in the Original Song category will be from mega pop stars Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and The Weeknd.
“We feel like we represent some of the diversity as well,” David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, said. “In fairness, letting everyone sing would be a way to show it.”
He added: “I think they’re worried that because we come from the opera world, that people won’t like opera. But actually, Sumi is one of the great singers of our time. And if people heard her, they would love her.”
Anohni, singer of “Manta Ray” and the first-ever transgender performer nominated for an Oscar, decided to boycott the show.