It's never been posted on Youtube in all of these years so far. I'd love to watch it, as it's supposed to be legendary in its awfulness. From what I heard, she did an interpretive dance around it, and Collins hated it so much that he bashed her in the media for months afterwards. But no one seems to have it.
Did Reinking pay to have the tapes burned?
Phil Collins wasn't even asked to sing the song that night, even though he attended the ceremony.
OMG...she didnt try to do an interpretive dance around but she tried to act out the song rather than sing it. My friends and I still mimic it to this day...
"So take a Look at me now" delivered quite Overwrought
It was worse than Rob Lowe's dance with Snow White.
I don't remember the reason why they didn't allow, or ask, Phil Collins to sing his own song. I loved that song!!
There was a pas de deux with the outstanding Gary Chryst who played the pimp in Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield." At one time, there was Ann and Gary dancing while her prerecorded vocals played in the background. She was later even a presenter, which caused many to wonder who she was fucking. The answer? Billionaire Herb Allen.
It wrecked her Hollywood career, which was taking flight with her very appealing performance in the Dudley Moore comedy "Micki and Maude."
This performance was seen as the catalyst for allowing the original performers to do their nominated songs instead of trying for production numbers.
I remember the controversy. They allowed deniece williams and ray parker jr. to perform their hit songs. But not kenny loggins, stevie wonder and phil collins. Stevie wonder ended up winning. Dont know if kenny loggins was there or not. But people were really upset about phil collins. I think all the songs ended up being performed as production numbers. And he didnt fit in with that.
They should just have one super-talented singer do all of the nominated songs. They did that one year and it was a smash hit. I, uh, she got to have a shitload of costume changes, too.
I have only heard of this fiasco, but have never seen it. I wish someone would put it up on Youtube. From what I've heard over the years, it really was as awful as legend would have it.
Isn't it amazing that there are no pictures or clips of it on the internet at all?!?!?
I saw it when it originally aired, and yes, it was just as god-awful as you have heard.
I have it on videotape. If I were to digitize it and put it on youtube, would I get kicked off or banned from youtube?
Really a shame because she was stunning in All That Jazz and really good in Micki and Maude. I know she was supposed to star opposite Matthew Broderick in No Small Affair but it was recast with Demi Moore and Jon Cryer.
She's an amazing dancer and choreographer and very well respected in the theatre community where no one gives a rats ass about the oscars.
Oooh, pretty please, r13!!!
Bump this motherfucker! I've got to see this!
Does anyone remember how the Oscars treated the nomination of the song "Purple Rain"? He accepted the award onstage (link) but I can't find anything about a performance.
r17 It was the typical Prince live performance; in other words, he and The Revolution tore it up, and received a standing ovation. It was the highlight of the evening.
I agree with r14. I know this board hates her, but I just have to disagree - she was stunning, a great dancer, a decent if deep voiced singer, and a good enough actress who probably would have gotten better.
But it this really why her movie career ended? Especially in the days before Internet and google, I can't imagine something like this literally derailing a career to the point where she never acted again short of a Cosby Show appearance. Or even if it was that much of a career killer, she still would done some low grade direct to video crap and bit parts here and there. The fact that she literally did NOTHING leads me to believe that it was more voluntary, but it has always been a mystery to me anyway. Maybe Herb Allen gave her some huge chunk of change so she was set for life?
Crickets? I've actually been curious about this for some time (why she suddenly stopped working, that is).
R 13 - can I buy a copy of this perfomance from you
Is it as good as Lucille Ball's interpretation of "It's Today"?
I've heard about this infamous performance, but have never seen it. Funny that it's never shown up on Youtube, which has every other embarrassing moment from the Oscars. I would love to see if it's really as awful as I've heard.