One issue that we’ve had with past Oscar openings is that so many of them are repetitive: Some sort of message about “why I love movies” or a montage of the best moments in cinematic history. A trip down memory lane is nice, but these routines have become a bit predictable. You want to celebrate film without making it seem like you are celebrating yourselves and leaving out viewers. It’s a difficult line to tow.
So what did the show decide to do this year? Well, start things off with something a little bit different: A performance of “Be Alive” featuring Beyonce in Compton, which is where Venus and Serena Williams got their start as young athletes. This was from the Oscar-nominated movie King Richard. The song was a risky choice for the start of an Oscar broadcast, but there’s a pretty specific reason for all of this: It’s Beyonce! When you have arguably the biggest music superstar on the planet, it makes sense to lead with that as the opening act.
You can argue that this was a celebration of music just as much as movies, but does it really matter? What does is that this stands out as a powerful, anthemic performance to start off the show, and it also is probably something that ABC really wanted. The Oscars are about big stars and in lieu of having a ton of top-tier movies nominated, this was a way to get headlines from the get-go.
What do you think about the opening for the 2022 Oscars?
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