Published Feb 17, 2009If anyone is going to shock the Oscars it's going to be the man who can drop a sledgehammer. The success of Pixar's Wall-E shouldn't come as a surprise to many people at this point but to find out that Peter Gabriel is no longer performing his song from said movie at the February 22 event is a little surprising.
"We were originally hoping to perform," told Gabriel. "We'd assumed, as there are only three nominees, that the songs would be performed [in full]." Gabriel, who is nominated in the Music (song) category for his track "Down To Earth" in Wall-E, was anxious to finally perform this song in full but pulled out after learning it would only be played as part of a 65-second medley. Notifying the public with a video on his website, he has said that the decision to no longer feature this song is "unfortunate" but he will attend the Oscars.
"I do think it's a bit unfortunate. I do think songwriters, even though they're a small part of the filmmaking process... we still work bloody hard and I think deserve a place in the ceremony as well," said Gabriel. "So I'm an old fart, and it's not going to do me any harm to make a little protest. But the ceremony will be fun and I'm looking forward to it."