With Frozen’s "Let It Go" rightfully listed among the nominees for Best Original Song, fans of Disney’s mega-hit ----- and of Idina Menzel as well -- are left to wonder if the Broadway star will take the stage at the Oscars to perform the nominated song. Menzel has gone on record as saying she'll do it… if they invite her.
EW spoke with Idina Menzel to discuss the very recent nomination for the Frozen song, which Menzel performs in the movie — the film also made the list for Best Animated Feature — and among the questions asked was whether she’d be performing "Let It Go" at the Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on March 2. Menzel is set to star in a new Broadway musical called If/Then, which will be in the tech stage of the rehearsal process when the Oscars air, but it sounds like she’d try to be available to do the Oscars if she’s invited to perform:
I will if they ask me, yeah! I’ll be in the middle of tech for If/Then, but hopefully we’ll tech a part that I’m not in. I’ve already got permission if they ask—cross your fingers!—that I can get out there and do my thing and just try to really have fun with the idea.
Oh, our fingers are crossed.
It isn’t entirely safe to assume that the Best Original Song nominees will be performed at the Academy Awards this year. Some of the nominated songs were performed during last year’s ceremony, but the song performances were left out entirely in 2012. Given the length of the event, trimming the songs does shave some time off the broadcast. But in addition to showcasing the nominated tunes at the event, the music also offers a bit of added entertainment and serves to break up the ceremony.
While Frozen and its nominated song are likely to be fan favorites when factoring in how well the film did at the box office, the song itself isn’t a lock for a win at this year’s Oscars. It’s up against four other great songs, including U2’s Golden Globe-winning tune "Ordinary Love." That brings us to another reason why we’re hopeful that the songs are included in this year’s Oscar ceremony. Not only would it hopefully involve a performance by Idina Menzel, but potentially U2 (for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’s "Ordinary Love"), Joni Eareckson Tada (for "Alone Yet Not Alone"), Pharrell Williams (for Despicable Me 2's "Happy") and Scarlett Johansson or Karen O (for Her’s "The Moon Song.") That is, assuming they’re all willing and available to perform. But being invited would be the first step, so let's hope that's in the works.
You can listen to all five nominated songs here. And enjoy Menzel’s version of "Let it Go" below!