It felt so good to “Be Alive” with Beyoncé opening the 94th annual Academy Awards. On Sunday the Oscar Awards commenced with the superstar performing her Oscar-nominated King Richard number, written alongside Dixson, on a bright tennis ball-yellow outdoor stage in Compton.
The pre-taped performance saw King Richard actresses Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton walk toward the neon yellow tennis court where Beyoncé and her back-up dancers are in formation. With an orchestra and balletic choreography, the number starts delicately before the punchy beat kicks in.
After Beyoncé concluded her dramatic performance with a salute, Oscars coverage made its way to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall started the awards ceremony with talk about the Golden Globes, Don’t Say Gay and more. Read more about the opening here and watch Beyoncé’s performance above.
Coming into the ceremony Beyoncé was up for the best achievement in music written for motion pictures (original song) category. The nomination marks the mega-star’s first. In addition to that category, King Richard was also nominated for best lead actor, best picture, best supporting actress, best editing and best original screenplay.
The 94th Academy Awards were live and in-person at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The annual ceremony aired on ABC.
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