Besides the ceremony’s Broadway-style dance medleys and the trio of Best Original Song performances, the 81st Academy Awards night featured a flock of contemporary songs. Everything from a brand new Beck song to a taste of an up-and-coming British dance band helped soundtrack the night’s key moments.
First off, the Oscars dug deep into the Breaking archives to select British dance punks Does It Offend You, Yeah? for a musical bed. To showcase the best in 2008’s high-tech animated films, the Academy selected the group’s “Attack of the 60 Ft. Lesbian Octopus,” which we imagine would make a decent animated film in its own right. The Hives’ “Tick Tick Boom” served a similar role, providing a propulsive backbeat for a high-octane action movie montage. A pair of Coldplay songs, including “Viva La Vida,” also made a cameo during the ceremony.
But the musical highlight of the night came unexpectedly by way of acceptance speech. Japanese director Kunio Kato, the filmmaker behind Best Animated Short winner La Maison en Petits Cubes, clearly not well versed in the English language, treated the crowd to a tongue-in-cheek reference to Styx, ending his speech with “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” to the delight of the Hollywood elite. Catch Kato’s acceptance speech in the video above.
To close out the night, Beck’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” was played over a split-screen of production credits and a sneak peak at 2009’s most-anticipated films. Beck was hand-picked by Dylan himself to cover the track for the upcoming War Child covers comp, which comes out tomorrow.
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