Meron, Zadan Reveal OSCAR Closing Number Secrets
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by TV News Desk
On Sunday night's Academy Award's broadcast, Kristin Chenoweth and host Seth MacFarlane effortlessly entertained the star-studded audience with a hilarious closing number titled "Here's to the Losers". The song was a take-off on the 1964 Frank Sinatra song written by Jack Segal and Robert Wells which also paid homage to, well, the losers.
"Here's to all the losing works of art," they crooned, "From "Lincoln" to "Amour", To the disappointed actors wondering, What they dressed up for"
In an interview with the LA Times on Monday, the show's creators, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan revealed how the final song was written in real time, due to the fact that much of its contents were not known until the night's winners were announced.
"It was actually quite complex," Zadan explained. "It really started off with Neil and me the first day we were hired by the academy to do the show. We took 40 years of Oscar shows on DVD and watched them to see what works, what doesn't work, what consistently is not working each year -- really analyzing every minute of it.
Added Meron, "We thought Seth would be a great musical team with Kristin Chenoweth. Seth actually had done a template of a lyric based on how he thought the evening would play out, and we had a team of writers backstage monitoring the show to make last-minute additions and get them to Kristin and Seth to quickly learn them. They also had a teleprompter that the new lyrics would be in, so they'd be there if they needed it."
Prior to the broadcast, the host had come up with several alternative lyrics, depending on the outcome of the live show. Those notes, combined with on-the-spot updates went into the creation of the number's lyrics such as, "Oh poor Bradley Cooper, Get your chin off the floor, Here's your silver lining, You'll do "Hangover 4".