Seventeen-time Grammy Award winner Sting graced the Academy Awards stage with a version of his Oscar-nominated song ‘The Empty Chair.’ His beautiful performance showed that the song is an incredibly strong contender in the category!
Music legend, Sting, 65, gave a beautiful performance of his song “The Empty Chair” at the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26. The song, from the film Jim: The James Foley Story, is one of the five Original Songs nominated this evening.
With an acoustic guitar and bright spotlight, Sting stood with his foot perched up on a stool and crooned his somber song. The lullaby showcased Sting’s talent and the immense power of the film. The performance ended with the James Foley quote, “If I don’t have the moral courage to challenge authority… we don’t have journalism.” The quote comes at a time when journalists and the press are struggling to keep the freedom they’re promised in the First Amendment in Donald Trump’s America.
The song, “The Empty Chair” is featured in the HBO documentary of James Foley, an American journalist who was held captive in Syria in 2012. James was beheaded by the man widely known as “Jihadi John,” evident in an ISIS-uploaded video titled “A Message To America.” The sad film documents his time in captivity and gives insight to Jim’s career and legacy from his family and friends.
“The Empty Chair” is Sting’s fourth Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. In 2001, he was nominated for the song “My Funny Friend and Me” from the animated film The Emperors New Groove. In 2002, Sting was nominated for the second year in a row for his stunning song “Until” from Kate and Leopold. His third Best Original Song nom came in 2004 for “You Will Be My Ain True Love” from the film Cold Mountain, sung by Allison Krauss.
For the 89th Academy Awards, Sting has some tough competition. He is rivaled in the category by Lin-Manuel Miranda for “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, Justin Timberlake for “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls, and Justin Hurwitz for “Audition” and “City Of Stars” from La La Land. Interestingly, if Lin-Manuel was to win in this category, he would be the youngest person to have achieved the EGOT — AKA, the winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony!
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