With today’s news of an Oscar nomination for Frozen for Best Original Song (woot!) we just have to know: Will Idina Menzel get to perform the show-stopping “Let It Go” at the telecast on March 2? Written by Book of Mormon scribe Bobby Lopez and and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the song is performed by Tony winner Menzel in the film, but was simultaneously released as a single by pop singer Demi Lovato. Menzel isn't set to begin performances in If/Then on Broadway until March 5, so she could make it to Hollywood—but will she be invited?
The Oscars have an interesting history with Best Original Song performances. At the 64th annual Academy Awards in 1992, Beauty and the Beast star Angela Lansbury shared the title song’s performance with her pop counterparts Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. In 1996, Vanessa Williams performed her version of “Colors of the Wind” from the Pocahontas soundtrack solo without Judy Kuhn, who recorded the song for the film.
The last few years have also varied. At the 2013 Oscar telecast, only three of the five nominated songs were performed. In 2012 there were no performances of the two nominated songs from The Muppets and Rio. It’s also not unusual for the numbers to be sung by popular artists unassociated with the songs. (In 2005, Beyoncé sang all the nominated songs.) All this means we just can't know for sure, but have our fingers and toes crossed for Menzel to perform (or even share the stage with Lovato), and for a win for the Lopezes!