At last year's Academy Awards, the two Oscar-nominated songs got short shrift -- they weren't even performed on the telecast.
There will be no such exclusion on the 85th Oscar ceremony Sunday because the show's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, are bringing music back to the Academy Awards in a big way. It's not surprising: Zadan and Meron were the producers of 2002's "Chicago," the most recent musical to win the best-picture Oscar.
To carry out their mission, Zadan and Meron have enlisted some big names to sing on the telecast, such as Barbra Streisand and James Bond chanteuse Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever"). Norah Jones will sing the Oscar-nominated "Everybody Needs a Friend," co-written by Oscar host Seth MacFarland, from "Ted," and Adele will perform "Skyfall," which she co-wrote, from the James Bond blockbuster.
The producers are embracing an Oscar tradition that dates to March 7, 1946, when best-song nominees were performed at the ceremony for the first time. Here's a look back at the good, the bad and the downright ugly in the Academy Awards' musical past.
So they got their comedic revenge at the 30th Academy Awards, held March 26, 1958. Before Cary Grant announced the lead-actor winner, Lancaster and Douglas demonstrated their comedic talents with the tune "It's Great Not to Be Nominated," penned by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. The song poked fun at the nominees -- "Charles Laughton, he's great / Yeah if you're voting for weight." Lancaster and Douglas stole the show; in fact, the number proved to be such a hit, the duo performed it the following year.
Hayes brought soul and funk to the Oscars and became the first African-American to win the best-song Oscar. He wore a shirt made entirely of chains and was accompanied by dancing girls and flashy lights.
Runners-up in this category: Telly Savalas, Pat Morita and Dom DeLuise struggled to stay in tune for the endless "Fugue for Tinhorns" at the 59th Oscars, held March 31, 1987.
And at the 58th ceremony, held March 24, 1986, lavishness turned clunky in a "Flying Down to Rio" number with Teri Garr.
Surprisingly, that ceremony was produced by one of the great movie musical directors, Stanley Donen ("Singin' in the Rain," "Funny Face").
the 85th academy awards
When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday (red carpet begins at 4 p.m.)