20 Greatest Best Song Oscar Performances

From Springsteen to Southern hip-hop and hot-buttered soul, Oscars' grandest, grooviest musical showstoppers

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2. Elliott Smith, 'Miss Misery' (1997)

Late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith was never much for the spotlight, and watching him croon in front of the entire world feels like shining a flashlight through a ghost. Performing the acoustic stunner that Gus Van Sant commissioned him to write for the closing credits of Good Will Hunting, Smith warbles through the verses with the same bittersweet resolve that his voice brings to the film's touching final moments. His evident (though admirably well-contained) nerves highlight the song's beautiful fragility, and the moment has come to serve as a wonderful remembrance of this tragic musician — not even the Oscars could prevent Smith from being himself. DE

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